This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter

The first permitted, 3D-printed home created specifically for the developing world was unveiled today in Austin, Texas by New Story, the non-profit working to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode, and ICON, the newly launched construction technologies company leading the way into the future of homebuilding by using 3D printing to make major advancements in affordability, building performance, sustainability and customizability.

Survey II: Spring 2018

Please complete this survey. I collect this information for two reasons: First, with more information I can tailor course materials, lectures, and tutoring sessions specifically for you and your fellow students; and, I also use this information to shape future course content and teaching strategies. Second, with this data I might conduct informal research aimed at improving A-State student experiences or formal research for publication purposes. It is very important that you answer all questions as honestly and accurately as possible. Note: All of the information that I collect is stored in password-protected files, which are stored in password-protected folders that are stored on password protected storage devices. Also, note I WILL NEVER SHARE ANY IDENTIFIABLE, SENSITIVE INFORMATION WITH ANYONE. So, please be frank. You don't have to answer any question about any topic that makes you feel uncomfortable. You will not be rewarded or penalized in any way for skipping questions that might seek to elicit information you consider sensitive. 

Thank you very much. I am very grateful you have taken the time to help me do my job better, and thank you for helping make A-State a better university--one you will one day be very proud to call your alma mater.

This survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Name *
What do you consider to be your home state?
Are you on any A-State athletics teams? If so, what is your "main" sport?
Do you belong, or do you intend to join, an A-State Club Sports team? If so, what do you consider to be your "main" sport?
Do you play, or intend to play, an A-State intramural sport or activity during the 2017-2018 school year? If so, what is you "main" sport or activity?
Do you currently have a job?
If you have a job, for what reason?
What is the highest level of education you intend to achieve?
If known by you, what is (or was) the highest level of education completed by your mother?
If known by you, what is (or was) the highest level of education completed by your father?
In a typical week in your last year, about how many hours, on average, did you study (outside of class)? (Freshmen can skip this question.)
In a typical week this year (not during exams), about how many hours, on average, do you expect to study (outside of class) for all of your courses?
What overall letter grade average do you expect to receive this semester?
Future Orientation *
Would you agree that you often think about your future goals and what you need to do to achieve them? Please tick a box on the scale, where the value 1 means: ‘always think about the future and plan ahead' and the value 7 means: ‘never think about the future and never plan ahead'.
Study or Cram? *
Would you say you always cram (end up studying just at the last moment before an exam), or that you never do this? Please tick a box on the scale, where the value 1 means: ‘always cram for exams 7 means: ‘never cram’.
My time spent at Arkansas State University has, so far, been challenging:
Indicate the extent to which you agree to the following statement using a 7 point scale, where 1 = fully agree and 7 = fully disagree:
Is this your first year attending Arkansas State University?
What, if any, are your favorite books?
What, if any, are your favorite television shows?
What, if any, are your favorite movies?
What, if any, are your favorite internet sites?
What do you intend to do with your life? What are your long term goals?
What objectives do you need to achieve in order to reach your long-term goals? (Best guess is fine.)
Why did you decide to attend A-State instead of some other college?
Why are you attending college? *
Check all that apply

from Herbert Spencer's Over-Legislation (1853)

“If in . . . personal transactions, where all the conditions of the case were known to me, I have so often miscalculated, how much oftener shall I miscalculate in political affairs, where the conditions are too numerous, too widespread, too complex, too obscure to be understood. . . . [W]hen I remember how many of my private schemes have miscarried — how speculations have failed, agents proved dishonest, marriage been a disappointment — how my carefully-governed son has turned out worse than most children — how the thing I desperately strove against as a misfortune did me immense good . . . whilst the objects I ardently pursued brought me little happiness when gained — when I recall these and hosts of like facts, I am struck with the incompetence of my intellect to prescribe for society.” (The Man Versus The State, with Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom)

Six Minutes on the True Purpose of University Education

JP recently spoke at Harvard University, in interview format, on the topic: Mask of Compassion: Post-Modernism & Neo-Marxism. This is a five minute clip from that talk (available in full at on the true purpose of university education. Educate yourself. Become articulate -- able to think, form arguments, act and lead.

The Hockey Stick of Human Prosperity

In this series, Professor Don Boudreaux explores the question economists have been asking since the era of Adam Smith -- what creates wealth? On a timeline of human history, the recent rise in standards of living resembles a hockey stick -- flatlining for all of human history and then skyrocketing in just the last few centuries.

Take advantage of this stuff, or you're an idiot

Announcement from Career Fair Boot Camp at A-State:

"Good afternoon! Please encourage students to attend next week’s Career Fair Boot Camp activities. For each event students attend, they will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to JC Penney valued at $50 and $100. The winning students must be present at the Suit Up Event to redeem their gift card.

Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend the exclusive shopping event, Suit Up on Sunday, Feb 18. . A-State employees and students will receive a 40% off coupon. See flyers and activities below:


Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less).

It's a Wonderful Loaf

A whimsical animated short film based on Russ Roberts's poem about emergent order and the supply of bread. For more information and resources related to the ideas in this film, visit It's a Wonderful Loaf is an ode to the hidden harmony that is all around us--the seeming magical ways that we anticipate and meet the needs of each other without anyone being in charge.

Survey I--Spring 2018

Name *
From the drop-down menus below, indicate the extent to which you disagree or agree with the following statements:
From the drop-down menus below, indicate the extent to which you disagree or agree with the following statements:
Last term, how often did you do the following?