McGill Daily Newspaper Index

The following articles were written at McGill University, for the student paper when I was having fun as a Rabble Rouser.  They cover the time from 1955, when I was a student at McGill, through my early teaching career in McGill's Mathematics Department.  I stopped writing for the paper in the early seventies.  At that time the conservative student government fired the whole Daily staff as being too radical and so the paper lost its thread of continuity.  But McGill's conservatives had neither the  energy nor the attention span to put out a newspaper themselves and so its corpse was taken over by the Maoists who felt that publishing articles by a reactionary in his forties (like me) would not be responsible journalism.

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1955  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY     

1955 Oct 17: Career Women: an introduction to multigamy.

In the fall of 1955, when I was a senior in mathematics at McGill University I decided to join the staff of the student newspaper, the McGill Daily, for a little intellectual fun. My lovely wife, Mireille, was about to give birth to my son Dani and I was thinking about families in a science-fictional way. There are many possible forms of family. This was the first time I wrote about the kind of multiple marriage that I later used as the social basis for my novel "Courtship Rite."

1955 Oct 21 The Sins of Christianity

As a 26-year-old I despised the smug Christian attitude that if a Christian was a monster it was because he was human, but that if he was good it was because he was a Christian.  I felt then, and still do, that a faulty Christian is the product of a faulty theology.  If a religion produces monsters it can be traced to something monstrous in the religion.  

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1955 Oct 24 The Immorality of God

My young mind was never convinced that the mysteries which I didn't understand were a proof of God's existence.  As Einstein said, it is important to have simplicity in our explanations -- as long as they are not too simple.  To me the concept of a God who can do anything is a simplistic cop-out.  It is an explanation which covers everything and consequently explains nothing.  In this article I had my fun by assuming that the Bible really did define the nature of God and really was His Word.  On that assumption He doesn't turn out to be a nice guy.  The article gave me a certain notoriety on campus, and I was challenged to various public debates.  

1955 Oct 31  The Radical and the University  

I consider myself to be someone with radical views, but have a jaundiced view of most radical positions.  A conservative is safe because he follows evolutionary wisdom -- his views may be deficient, and even inappropriate to the "modern" era, but they have been tested by time.  A radical has to think because his ideas have yet to be validated by the evolutionary process.  Most young radicals never bother to make the effort to learn how to think. They "fly" by jumping out of airplanes sans parachute.  Splat!

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1955 Nov 11  One Hundred Crumbs     

University English departments are always trying to teach their woefully illiterate freshmen how to write -- usually with little success.  At McGill they instituted a course with the catalog number 100C.  I had to take it and this was my advice to new freshmen.  I deliberately chose to violate all the grammar rules that I knew, and much to my horror found that the student copy editor at the McGill Daily was so shaken that he didn't dare make any corrections, and so the article was printed with all my deliberate irreverence plus a lot of ungrammatical typos.  I have copyedited the piece so that only my "errors" remain.

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1956 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY   

1956 Jan 20  Justice and Morality

1956 Feb 03  By Request  (a photo)

1956 Feb 10  Come Ze Revolution (humor)

1956 Feb 13  Gutter University

1956 Feb 20  A Study of Censorship

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1956  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1956 Nov 07  The Failure of Religion

1956 Nov 16  Evolution

1956 Nov 22  Technology No Sign of Culture (letter)

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1957  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1957 Oct 10  The Silent Generation (editorial)

1957 Oct 28  The Conservative's Role

1957 Nov 07  All For Love

1957 Nov 18  Body and Soul (editorial)

1957 Nov 28  Corby's and the Little Boy

1957 Dec 02  Our Loud Friend (editorial)

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1958   SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1958 Feb 03  Communication

1958 Feb 06  The Deviant and Society

1958 Feb 19  Experimental Morality

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1960   SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1960 May 24  Two Fables

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1961 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1961 Feb 08  A New Religion? -- Scientology

1961 Feb 09  Scientology and Opposition

1961 Feb 10  ISRAEL versus JORDAN: A Scientological. Solution

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1962  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1962  Oct 26  Education Without Lectures

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1963 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1963 Feb 13  Your Sins and Insanity

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1965   SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1965 Feb 26  The Verification of Psychotherapy

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1965  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1965 Oct 29  Fossils in McGill's Structure

1965 Nov 26  A New University

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1966   SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1966 Jan 25   Organize to Effect Reforms (news)

1966 Jan 26  The Thring (letter)

1966 Feb 21  Take Gas (letter)

1966 Feb 26  Summer Revolution

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1966  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1966 Aug 06  Students Aim to Revise McGill (Montreal Star)

1966 Sep 30  Questions the Course Guide Raises

1966 Sep 30  The Lecture Hall: Imperatives of Change

                                             (by Mark Wilson & John Fekete)

1966 Oct 27  Student Gets Apple (letter)

1966 Oct 28 McGill Conference on Teaching Affairs (Wilson) 

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1967 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1967 Feb 08  What Will McGill Be Like in 1987?

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1967  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1967  Sep 25  Scientist Wins Professor's Raft (news)

1967 Oct 30  We Send Her To The Butcher Shop

1967 Nov 23  Where The Real Obscenity Lies

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1968 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1968 Jan 29  Kingsbury Report  (news)

1968 Jan 29  And It Is Constructive (editorial)

1968 Feb 14  What Is the Matter With Old McGill?

1968 Mar 01  A Hard Look At Old McGill

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1968  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1968 Septem  Pregnancy & Social Action (BCH)

1968 Oct 04  Does the Course Guide Do Its Job?

1968 Nov 22  Why Students Don't Learn

1968 Dec 13  An Experiment In Education

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1969   SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1969 Jan 31  Spoken French By 1971

1969 Feb 03 A Letter for Desn Woods

1969 Feb 11  The Plague Will Continue

1969 Mar 14  Psychology 200 Is Obsolete

1969 Mar 23  French Now (letter to McGill Reporter)

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1969  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY

1969 Oct 08  Kingsbury on Course Design (Plumber's Pot)

1969 Oct 16  Honesty & the Reporter

1969 Oct 22  How the Law Handles Women

1969 Nov 12  Educational Reform: the Beachhead

1969 Nov 14  A Mathematics Learning Center (McGill Reporter)

1969 Nov 24  Environment Power (news)

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1970 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1970 Mar 05  The Learner Oriented Resource Center

1970 Mar 13  McGill (cartoon by George Kopp)

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1970  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY   

1970 Oct 26  A Deadline for Change at McGill

1970 Nov 02  Into Battle at High Moon (letter)

1970 Nov 18  Building a Brain for McGill

1970 Nov 23  A Brain for McGill: first step (news)

1970 Nov 24  Claptrap (A cartoon by George Kopp)

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1971 SPRING SEMESTER MCGILL DAILY

1971 Mar 04  The Learning Center Package

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1972  FALL SEMESTER  McGILL DAILY   

1972 Sep 01  Breeding Curiosity (McGill News)



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