Well examined


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The coming week should be a busy one. Depending on how you count, this will probably be my 12th major series of examinations. I wrote the chemistry provincial examination in 11th grade; the rest of my provincial examinations at the end of 12th grade, determining university admission; completed four years of normal terms at UBC, with two sets of exams per year; finished one summer term at UBC, with logic and history exams; and passed the quantitative methods exam and qualifying test for the M.Phil last year. I have also had some exams that ultimately proved essentially unimportant. I wrote the SATs when in high school and the LSAT during my first year at UBC. I also had a placement test and final exam for my French language program in the University of Montreal.

Unless I go on to a PhD, and the comprehensive exams involved therein, these may prove to be my final four such tests. By 12:30pm on Wednesday the 13th, it will all be over.

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Anon @ Wadh June 4, 2007 at 11:07 am

Good luck with your final final exams.

Anon June 4, 2007 at 11:33 am

Interesting talks:

“Ethics and World Poverty”
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Tuesday 5 June 4.30pm for 5:00pm-7:00, Martin Wood lecture theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road
Organiser: Socio-Legal Dimensions of Environmental Law and Regulation Seminar Series

“Limits to international law – reflections from International Conventions on Desertification and Climate Change”
Camilla Toulmin
Wednesday 6th June, 12:30-2pm, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College
Organiser: Oxford Sustainable Development Law Seminar Series
Please RSVP if planning to attend to Melissa.castello@law.ox.ac.uk

Milan June 4, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Anon @ Wadh,



I would definitely like to see Peter Singer.

R.K. June 5, 2007 at 10:12 am

“The White House is consistently and persistently claiming that the US is doing better than Europe in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is false — their claim is purely based on carefully selecting the only subset of the data that supports this conclusion. When all the data are used, it is plain that European emissions have declined substantially and US emissions have grown substantially. The article, and this linked analysis, debunk the White House claims.”

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