It's a classic argument in economics: If you can find a way to make a market, then that market will thrive.In economics, there's the so-called thomas law: If your prices are high, your prices will go up.If they're low, they will go down.If you're able to get prices to converge, you can create a market.This has been a cornerstone of the free market system since Adam Smith in the 17th century.But wh...
Duke University sociology professor Eric Sperling has spent the last few years writing an essay titled “The Hidden History Of Duke University’s Sociology.”
In it, he explores Duke’s “great” history, and explains why the university should be remembered for what it is not, instead of what it could be.
“Duke’s sociology is the stuff of legends, of fairy tales,” Sperled writes in the piece.
“It is not just the best sociology department in the world, it is also the best in the history of higher education.”
Sperling explains the University’s history by focusing on the “truly amazing” aspects of Duke.
“This is a university where, in my humble opinion, no one else in the country has ever been, in all of its history, better at teaching people to think and be better at being human beings.”
Duke has never been a school of great thinkers.
In fact, it has never had a single well-respected academic, nor one that could even be described as “socially intelligent.”
But the university’s “culture of excellence” has made it a place where “students who study sociology, anthropology, and African-American studies will have the best experience in the entire university.”
Suffice to say, Sperlin’s essay is a must read for all Duke students, and is worth reading in full.