Between the Lines
Cornell prides itself on offering a liberal arts education, even to scruffy computer systems types such as myself. By this, Cornell means that students should attain a certain broadness of perspective. Broad should not necessarily mean “progressive”; rather, it should mean that students graduate understanding the evidence for their beliefs, and with an appreciation for conflicting evidence and views. But to attain such a perspective, it is necessary to see opposing arguments. These arguments, to be seen properly, should be presented as strongly as possible, and this means, presented by people who actually believe them.