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Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell
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Dec 21, 2011

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In this book Sowell describes several fallacies. Unfortunately he forgot to examine the "Straw Man Fallacy." He uses it so many times I felt that he must know it backwards and forwards.

For example, in his attack on Higher Education, he talks on page 97 about research institutions and gives as an example Ft. Hays State University in Kansas. What???? Ft. Hays is the smallest of six state universities in Kansas and has never ever claimed to be a research institution. The two main research schools are K-State and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Indeed Ft. Hays is in a sparsely populated part of Western Kansas, and it recently had to shift to doing online courses just to keep the doors open. This kind of misrepresentation is typical in this book. To read the chapter on Higher Ed, you would think every university was run like Yale and Harvard!
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Charles You obviously didn't read that part very closely. Coincidentally, I just did. His point is the opposite--that Ft. Hays is NOT, and does not purport to be, a research institution. Rather, it increased the teaching load of its (not researching) faculty. His point is that most non-Harvard universities should do the same, because their faculty is not actually contributing any real value in research.


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