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Principles and Facts - notes

Principles and Facts – notes

There’s an interesting online psych project over here at Project Implicit…an interesting thing mentioned on Thought Capital’s blog post about the use of ’empirical data’ in ’evidenced-based meta-analyses’. I presume these EBMA’s are some sort of peculiar category of philosophical activity, perhaps connected to the idea of ’experimental philosophy’ which, whilst fascinating, seems to sometimes miss the point. Can evidence… Read more →

Various essays in progress...

Various essays in progress…

This time of year is always slightly hectic, with marking and ’student progress boards’ and the like – and for me it’s the first time I’ve been really involved because previously, as a visiting lecturer, most of this work was left to the full-timers. What’s good about it of course is seeing the students work come to fruition and knowing… Read more →

Book Tag Bibliomancy

Book Tag Bibliomancy

Rules: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 123. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your social media, along with these instructions, if appropriate. 5. Tag five people. ———————— “The uniformity of the radiation is ‘a fossilized testament to the uniformity of both the laws of physics… Read more →

teaching the machine

teaching the machine

teaching the machine There’s this peculiar video that’s on YouTube at the moment, an excellent example of contemporary pedagogy in many ways, called ‘The machine is Us/ing Us’. It’s gathered nearly 2 million hits and since it’s only about 4 minutes long, probably most of those people have watched it. There’s a beautifully slick feel to the way the video… Read more →

Ah Pook, the destroyer

Ah Pook, the destroyer

One of my favourite pieces by Burroughs is the short Ah Pook discussion of time, death, control and the ‘ugly american’. I showed it to my Introduction to Philosophy class this week, at the start of the lecture, then came across it again on Muli Koppell’s blog ‘Methods and Black Squares‘ blog. The brief film animation that is famously associated… Read more →

As an introduction to schizo-analysis: responding to 'The Anti-Oedipus Papers' (unfinished notes)

As an introduction to schizo-analysis: responding to ‘The Anti-Oedipus Papers’ (unfinished notes)

There is a background to every text, a life, a thought, an obsession, a spilt cup of coffee on papers badly placed on a temporary desk. Good sex, drunken rants, flirtatious concepts, all of these form part of that which will never be said within the text, only ever sensed, occasionally and differently, by the readers and writers who follow… Read more →