Archive for June, 2017

RT @CrispinSartwell: i believe i am the only person in the world with a copy of the bhagavad-gita signed by little jimmy dickens. https://t.co/SAK8zzGkYN

June 25, 2017

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RT @nytopinion: There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths https://t.co/APuYdzAIVk

June 23, 2017

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America the Philosophical? Yes, says Carlin Romano, professional philosophy notwithstanding. https://t.co/WTpuc3USQ2

June 22, 2017

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There’s much wisdom and humanity in Mo Gawdat’s “Solve for Happy,” despite serious misconceptions about evolution. https://t.co/OAVg0UPi8H

June 22, 2017

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I’ve just posted on my Blog about: Rain delay https://t.co/I241uB2tDj

June 22, 2017

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Rain delay

June 22, 2017

First morning in recent memory when weather’s kept the dogs and me from our appointed rounds through the neighborhood, and it’s kinda nice sitting out here under our tin roof enjoying the gentle clatter. Habit and routine may be the enormous flywheel of society and sanity, but it’s good too, periodically, to break routine and look at things aslant. Like climbing up on Mr. Keating’s desk, reminded there’s more than one way to seize the day.

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Explosive growth in Bullshit Studies! The latest academic frontier in the age of You Know Who https://t.co/1SNLpeBagR

June 21, 2017

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Looking forward to contributing my bit to the “explosive growth” this Fall, in our team-taught Master of Liberal Arts (MALA) course at MTSU on cheating. My segment is “Cheating on truth” (reflections on public discourse and “alternative facts” in the current political era), and of course we’ll read Harry Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit“…

MALA 6010– Foundations of Liberal Arts II

Topic: Cheating

Description: Cheating may be defined as winning an advantage over or depriving someone of something by using artful, unfair, deceitful, or cunning methods. One can cheat death, cheat at cards, cheat the system, cheat on a spouse. Is cheating necessarily negative? Is it merely a means to an end? This course will explore the notion of cheating from myriad perspectives in an attempt to better understand how it is perceived across social, historical, political, cultural, linguistic, generational, and other borders.

Thursday 6:00-9:00

Music—Dr. Joseph Morgan

Philosophy—Dr. Phil Oliver

Political Science/International Relations—Dr. Stephen Morris

Theater and Dance—Margaret (Meg) Brooker

Sociology and Anthropology—Dr. Jackie Eller

Global Studies—Dr. LaToya Eaves

I’ve just posted on my Blog about: McEwan’s thinking machine https://t.co/zIjy4S1ilc

June 21, 2017

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McEwan’s thinking machine

June 21, 2017

Ian McEwan, reflecting on the experience of writing pre- and post-computing, reminds me of those primitive grad school days and nights when they chained us to typewriters and ordered us to churn out proof of our worthiness every three days, for nearly two weeks. The idea was either to kill us (i.e., cull us from the program) or make us stronger for the next hurdle, the Ph.D. I still like writing longhand, and sometimes feel nostalgic for my old Selectric. But McEwan is right, this is more like thinking… less pressure to get it right the first time, more opportunity to play with possibilities.

When asked how his writing process has changed with the onset of technology, McEwan answered: “In the seventies I used to work in the bedroom of my flat at a little table. I worked in longhand with a fountain pen. I’d type out a draft, mark up the typescript, type it out again. Once I paid a professional to type a final draft, but I felt I was missing things I would have changed if I had done it myself. In the mid-eighties I was a grateful convert to computers. Word processing is more intimate, more like thinking itself. In retrospect, the typewriter seems a gross mechanical obstruction. I like the provisional nature of unprinted material held in the computer’s memory — like an unspoken thought. I like the way sentences or passages can be endlessly reworked, and the way this faithful machine remembers all your little jottings and messages to yourself. Until, of course, it sulks and crashes.” WA

Right. Sometimes the machine sulks and crashes, but more often it’s the operator.

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RT @MichaelSimsBook: A brilliant book that surprised on every page, although I know Darwin well: DARWIN’S SACRED CAUSE. https://t.co/rrkbKScE0L

June 21, 2017

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