Owning the Intangible: Possession, Theft, and (Mis)Appropriation of Ideas

Followup 1

Presented in no particular order.

We're having trouble with the Wiki. I'll try to get it resolved over the next few days. Until then, send me Wiki answers via email.

In case you didn't get the comments from near the beginning of class: I'd like you all to work on being a bit more creative, and a bit more analytical in your questions.

In case you hadn't heard it at the end of class: (1) I tend to make a lot of jokes in the midst of discussions, (2) I am sometimes aggressive in making students defend themselves (e.g., asking Claire to explain why she did not want to take Calculus). If you find yourself concerned about either matter, let me know, and I'll do my best to moderate my behavior.

I asked about your most embarrassing moment. If you remind me, I will tell you my most embarrassing teaching experience.

As you've already discovered, I speak rapidly, mumble freely, and have writing that resembles chicken scratches, and probably even chicken scratches from a drunk chicken. When I'm not clear, please ask me to repeat myself, to slow down, or to explain what I've written.

You may be worried that we went through liberal arts education too quickly. Fear not! We have another discussion of liberal arts education after fall break, and we'll read more papers about this form of education, too.

As I told my family, I very much enjoyed meeting you today and think I'll enjoy having you in Tutorial. I look forward to working with you throughout this semester and beyond.

Sadhana asked about requirements for the major. You can find them in the College Catalog, either in hardcopy or at http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/catalog/courses/.

By the way, since the catalog is all about limits (e.g., you must accumulate at least 124 credits to graduate; you may count no more than 48 credits in one department toward the 124 credits required for graduation), I recommend that you cross off the word "no" whenever it appears before "limits" on the cover of the catalog.

And as much as Peter may be laughing at the previous paragraph, I mean it seriously.

If you have any questions while preparing your draft schedule, send me email and I'll do my best to respond promptly.

One of you who started the gossip question came up with the following partial answer: Whomever I have asked, I get the feeling the Professor is as important if not more important than the class itself. I'd say that this statement is mostly correct for the must-have classes, but not for the classes you take this semester. The majority of the faculty here are very good at teaching, so it won't really matter who you take, say, Calculus or Introductory Russian from.

I hope you have a good evening, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning in the Day PDR (first door to the left at the top of the stairs in the Marketplace).

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