RT @brainpicker: “Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate.” On Dr. King’s birthday, his abiding wisdom on what the ancient Greek notion of “agape” can teach us about unbreaking our broken society: https://t.co/qHha9lhO63

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A presidency beyond parody. https://t.co/K8QAnXLhjt

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TN Gov-Elect Bill Lee Is Selling Special Seats for His Inaugural Worship Service https://t.co/nocKGVfDgv via @hemantmehta

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I’ve just posted on my Blog about: Opening Day 2019 https://t.co/p51WHWQqFM

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Opening Day 2019

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Deja vu, all over again! (But did you really say that, Yogi Berra? “I didn’t say most of the things I said.”): Opening Day!

And who said history doesn’t repeat, but it definitely rhymes? Mark Twain? (When in doubt, attribute random witticisms to him.)

Whoever said whatever, history definitely does rhyme, and it echoes, on the first day of each new semester. I love Opening Day, when we’re all still working with a clean slate and nobody’s in the proverbial cellar. Yet.

I’ve been on an Alan Watts kick lately, for reasons somewhat obscure to myself. He said “you have no source,” we’re all source material, we’re “IT”… but that doesn’t mean we don’t each have a series of starts. Ready, set…

On Madam Secretary Sunday night, Blake told his friend (who got booted from his government job because his girlfriend was apparently spying on the State Department) he ought to go into teaching. “You’re just saying that because I like to rant.” Well, that’s one reason to do this job. I confess to the occasional rant, though I prefer to call it a spontaneous and impassioned moment of inspired righteous eloquence. You’ll be the judges, at evaluation time.

Another and better reason to teach is because that’s the best possible way to learn. My students have always taught me more than I taught them, as much when in error as not. The entire process of preparing to teach, class after class, is an education in itself.

So, Spring ’19 co-philosophers, welcome! I look forward to learning from you. I’ll try to hold the rants in check, and we’ll hit the ground more softly than that benighted whale in Douglas Adams’ odd guide to life, the universe, and everything. You didn’t come here for an argument [yes they did/no they didn’t], but you’ll get that and more. And maybe we’ll get just a little wiser.

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RT @BBCInOurTime: William James, philosopher and psychologist, was born #OnThisDay 1842 https://t.co/NCox9nvMpF

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RT @brainpicker: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.” Pioneering psychologist William James, born on this day in 1842, on attention, multitasking, and the habit of mind that sets geniuses apart: https://t.co/wNwOFO3cDA

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Scholar John McDermott put together a bibliography of William James’ writings that was 47 pages long….He said that he could only really understand the German idealist philosopher Hegel when he was under the influence of laughing gas. https://t.co/olqv1PL7DO

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It’s the birthday of the man who coined the term “stream of consciousness” and who said that “the art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook” — psychologist and philosopher William James…The Writer’s Almanac – Friday, January 11, 2019 https://t.co/olqv1PL7DO

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“His intellectual life was one protest against the dismissal of experience in the interest of system.” And he shares a birthday with my wife. 🎂🍩🍻 https://t.co/gX4USgat8P

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