Filed under “when circumstances and good manners require that one attend a philosophy talk one would never in a million years otherwise attend.” Neurons have dispositional properties. Who knew?
That white stuff you see is snow, folks! And before the snow was freezing rain. 🙂 We stepped out to go to breakfast this morning and turned right around and ordered to go from the hotel restaurant. Fortunately, we have taken to traveling with out handy dandy mini electric kettle. And our own coffee, a
Today is March 31. It is the last day featuring the crappy old book, Anniversaries and Holiday: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe them, as Crappy Old Book of the Month. Appropriately, today is the anniversary of René Descartes’ birth in 1596 and of Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen’s in 1811. Descartes is, of course,
including this one. By my head count, there were 47 1/2. (Olive eats a lot but she just doesn’t put it down the way the guys do.) I made a couple of things this morning. Brandied fruit Beer potato salad By about 3pm were ready. Daughter C had made menus. We weren’t quite sure about
You should see how clear the sky is right now! I’m taking that as a sign from God. But just to be on the safe side– because a healthy dose of skepticism is always warranted when dealing with the philosophical– I think we’ll serve inside. (See now why I wanted to wear that cite little
I, for one, am going to readjust what I’d planned to wear the next few days. At times like these, it’s important to consider footwear. Let’s imagine a blustery day in late April. The tornado sirens sound. You and 30-50 others are in a lecture hall at That School Up North. You must quickly and calmly
That’s Jesse, out on the boat. See them? We had company this weekend. (That’s Daughter C spreading straw in the background; Brian worked.) People worked. See? And were rewarded. See? This photo surprised me! I had forgotten that Mr. Bow Tie had taken my camera. See? This is A Leland’s bean-corn-melon-squash garden. Some beans are
So we went to a lecture at State this afternoon. And by “we” I mean all of the usual suspects. It was a great lecture! Mr. Big Food introduced Professor Prinz to a standing room only crowd. Here I must interject logistical detail. Referring to the seating chart (above) you will note that the front
Wait! What? Where are you headed? This is a pretty amazing story! Missy was outside and I realized she was barking which is something she hardly ever does unless… “Oh! Marica! That’s just not true. I don’t need my Dear Friend Rocky to tell me when to bark! I bark at the birds all of the
What we most need to know about any man is surely this: whether he is good or bad. To be sure, we seldom put the question so crudely. Indeed we often affect a scorn for mere goodness, persuading ourselves that we are more concerned with a man’s breeding, his intellectual vigor, his artistic skill or
The neglect of relevant distinctions, when these are important for clear thinking or adequate statement, is ambiguity. R.W. Sellars, The Essentials of Logic (The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1917) And what causes ambiguity? “The basic cause is mental” whatever that means. Only he who is willing o take the trouble to distinguish things and ideas
My little weekly county newspaper has gone behind a paywall. This cracks me up. $26 per year. SUBSCRIBE NOW! DON’T MISS A THING! As a subscriber to the print version I have automatic access– just as soon as Swishu gets my request and emails me a passwords. I’m waiting. Now on to the philosophers.There’s a fellow
from Starkvegas, Mississippi to Oxford, not-Mississippi via Poland, Berlin and South Africa We begin our little journey with the recent announcement that Donald “Field” Brown, a Mississippi State student double majoring in English and Philosophy, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship! The Rhodes Scholarship was established at the behest of Cecil Rhodes.That name sounds familiar.
I confess that I almost never think about Plato. Aristotle, sure. But Plato? Plato’s rough draft was titled, “The Allegory of the Shadow-Box.” –Mr. Big Food I wonder what Plato’s allegory would look like? –Daughter C “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse” is an allegory for my life for more than a few years
Philosopher Confucius born 552 B.C. Saint Saint Augustine born A.D. 354; “Christian thinker” Philosopher and inspiration to America’s Founding Fathers John Locke born 1632 Chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier born 1743; father of “modern” chemistryPoet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe born 1749; “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Philosopher Georg Wilhelm
It’s a miracle. It only took seven years. Engineering the Next Revolution in Neuroscience: The New Science of Experiment Planning (2013– I’m not kidding!– Oxford University Press) (If you’re so inclined, you can pre-order your copy here. Only $37.95 for the paperback.) Mr. Big Food and I are just diddling around inside this Saturday afternoon