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Spring Break Movie Adventure: Mini-Reviews of Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Glass, and More!

Today is the last day of my spring break for 2019.  I didn't go to the beach or leave the country, but I did see a lot of movies in what I called my Spring Break Movie Adventure.  In the last week I've seen the following either in theaters or at home: Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Glass, Sorry to Bother You, Hellraiser: Judgment, Bird Box, The Hidden Fortress, and Train to Busan.  Onward to the mini-reviews!Captain MarvelGoose, Super CatThis is probably the biggest movie I saw, at least in the sense that all the Marvel movies are juggernauts these days.  One of the ways I'm a bad nerd is that I've never gotten into comic books.  I knew almost nothing about Captain Marvel before going to see this.  At first I was pleased to see the space opera elements (I'm a sucker for aliens and space ships), but then we go to planet C-53, which is ... boring old Earth.  But wait!  It's Earth in 1995, so there's plenty of 90's nostalgia.I can say I was highly entertained.  I really, really hope the awesome cat named Goose gets its own movie.  There should definitely be more cats in the Marvel universe.At a deeper level, the movie serves (like others like Wonder Woman and Black Panther) to help me re-evaluate my feelings about the super hero genre, which I have criticized before.  I'm starting to see how the genre can help people realize their own power, especially people whose power is all-to-frequently discounted... -

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Summary of Socrates’ Teachings

A marble head of Socrates in the Louvre © Darrell Arnold Ph.D.– (Excerpt reprinted with permission.) https://darrellarnold.com/2018/09/21/socrates_1/ ¶ Socrates’ biography ¶ Socrates was of humble roots. In Nietzsche’s eyes: He was born of the rabble. His father was a stonemason, his mother was a midwife. As a young man, he is thought to have studied Greek natural philosophy. But he found the views of the natural philosophers too obscure and unsubstantiated. He thus, like the sophists, turned against natural philosophy to questions of morality and justice. ¶ In Athens, he lived a life of simple means, married Xanthippe, with whom he had three children. He fought, evidently heroically, in the Peloponnesian war against Sparta. He was known in Athens for gathering and speaking in... -

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Coming Soon: A Hundred Cyborgs Returns

There's been a hiatus on A Hundred Cyborgs while I've been working on the Kickstarter and GDC trip for our new games developer, which has completely dominated the last few months. However, I hope to get back to the cyberethics serial in April or thereabouts. I already have a few... -

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All About Habermas.

In this occasional disquisition on the many things philosophers are not known for we come to another of the Frankfurt school, Jürgen Habermas. This is likely to be a large entry into the annals, since Habermas was not known for almost everything, certainly including: nanotechnology and the prophets of doom... -

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Coming Soon: A Hundred Cyborgs Returns There's been a hiatus on A Hundred Cyborgs while I've been working on the Kickstarter and GDC trip for our new games developer, which has completely dominated the last few months. However, I hope to get back to the cyberethics serial in April or thereabouts. I already have a few pieces drafted, but I have not had the time to do any serious blogging this year as of yet. I'd like to reach #50 before Discordian... Only a Game -


All About Habermas. In this occasional disquisition on the many things philosophers are not known for we come to another of the Frankfurt school, Jürgen Habermas. This is likely to be a large entry into the annals, since Habermas was not known for almost everything, certainly including: nanotechnology and the prophets of doom breeding Manx cats crimes of … [continue reading] Against Professional Philosophy -


Summary of Socrates’ Teachings A marble head of Socrates in the Louvre © Darrell Arnold Ph.D.– (Excerpt reprinted with permission.) https://darrellarnold.com/2018/09/21/socrates_1/ Socrates’ biography Socrates was of humble roots. In Nietzsche’s eyes: He was born of the rabble. His father was a stonemason, his mother was a midwife. As a young man, he is thought to have studied Greek natural philosophy. But he found the views of the natural philosophers too obscure and unsubstantiated. He thus, like the sophists, turned... Reason and Meaning -


Spring Break Movie Adventure: Mini-Reviews of Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Glass, and More! Today is the last day of my spring break for 2019.  I didn't go to the beach or leave the country, but I did see a lot of movies in what I called my Spring Break Movie Adventure.  In the last week I've seen the following either in theaters or at home: Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Glass, Sorry to Bother You, Hellraiser: Judgment, Bird Box, The Hidden Fortress, and Train to Busan.  Onward to the... Examined Worlds -


Locke and Cartesian Philosophy 2019.03.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Philippe Hamou and Martine Pécharman (eds.), Locke and Cartesian Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2018, 227pp., $65.00, ISBN 9780198815037. Reviewed by Matthew A. Leisinger, Emmanuel College, Cambridge It is often said that, according to the standard narrative of early modern philosophy, Locke is the founder of British empiricism, the first member of a triumvirate that also includes Berkeley and Hume, and a prominent opponent of... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


The Constitution View. A homage to Lynne Rudder Baker Lynne Rudder BakerWho am I? Since Descartes asked this in his Meditations, it has been a leading question in philosophy and in these blogs as well. It has also been one of the leading questions in the philosophy of Lynne Rudder Baker. Her answer was that I am the thinking being that I am, so I am a human person. However, you can object that I am also a body, and in a sense we... Philosophy by the Way -


JOHN W. CAMPBELL’S QUARTER TURN: √-1, cognition and estrangement (2) Perhaps unsurprisingly, Laruelle’s « quarter turn » has its precedent in science fiction. In his recently published book « ASTOUNDING: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction » Alec Nevala-Lee notes: The September 1971 issue featured the short story “On the Nature of Angels,” the last piece of fiction that he ever wrote. Campbell proposed that the soul was a complex number in which the variable b stood... Agent Swarm -


3 Days to Apply for the Summer Seminar in Phil Stat Go to the website for instructions: SummerSeminarPhilStat.com. Error Statistics -


Top of the Mornin' to ya (Get up the Yard) (repost for the day that's init)Plan to move St.Patrick's Day. American and Australian papers please copy:There used to be the ethnic slur which only Irish people used against each other - ‘that’s very Irish’ meaning that it was perfectly ridiculous but true in an interesting way. Theo Dorgan’s (poet, broadcaster) proposal to move St. Patrick’s day to the Summer time when the weather might be better enters into that category.It occupies a niche in an... Ombhurbhuva -


Henry James on Artistic Difficulty Now to see deep difficulty braved is at any time, for the really addicted artist, to feel almost even as a pang, the beautiful incentive, and to feel it verily in such sort as to wish the danger intensified.  The difficulty most worth tackling can only be for him, in these conditions, the greatest the case permits of. Quantum Est In Rebus Inane -


COMMENTING ON THE COMMENTS, AKA NOT HAVING ANTHING TO SAY TODAY I have read with interest and some amusement the series of comments triggered by my remark about Paul Krugman.  I was particularly struck by one of Chris's observations, both because I think it is absolutely correct and because I do not recall having seen anyone else make it.  It is something that first crossed my mind a long time ago.  Here is what Chris wrote:"Chomsky is a genius yes, but you know as well as... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A polymath in a profession of intellectual pygmies Born on this day. Compare this man with the vulgar regressive shysters and shit-puppet morons who populate politics these days. Below is The Economist‘s deliciously scathing obituary. A POLYMATH in a profession of intellectual pygmies; a free thinker in a world of crushing orthodoxies; and a cheerful imbiber in a country that has turned, once again,… Man Without Qualities -


In Epoché, Stephen Hoffman looks back in Parallax. It’s not quite accurate to say that Ulysses is a book about language. It “is” language — and not just a minute portion of it enclosed between the covers of one, albeit brimming, book. Rather it is “the thing itself” in its entirety, language in what Heidegger called the “second beginning” (anderer Anfang). The “first beginning” (der erste Anfang) was Heidegger’s name for the first stab of unadulterated wonder... Enowning -


Une carte des corrélations entre positions philosophiques Bourget et Chalmers ont réalisé il y a plusieurs années un sondage auprès de philosophes pour connaître leur position sur un ensemble de questions philosophiques, suivi d'un article analysant les résultats. Ce sondage permet non seulement de savoir quelles sont les positions dominantes en philosophie contemporaine, mais aussi de quelles manière elles sont corrélées, au sens où les philosophes qui acceptent l'une sont plus susceptibles d'accepter également l'autre. J'ai réalisé à l'aide du logiciel Inkscape... Philosophie Des Sciences -


Book Blogs Back!: Responses to Malcolm Keating – Chapters 2-5, Nāgārjuna and Jayarāśi This post continues from my previous post responding to some blog posts from Malcolm Keating that he wrote in preparation for a recent event on my book, Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical India: Nāgārjuna, Jayarāśi, and Śrī Harṣa.  More details here.As I wrote before, this post won't make much sense unless you've read Malcolm's posts on his excellent blog.  In this post I'll be responding to two of his posts: one on chapters 2-3 on Nāgārjuna and... Examined Worlds -


A RAWLSIAN THEORY OF FOOD CULTURE John Rawls said, famously, that the way to judge a society was to look at the condition of its worst-off.⁠1 It doesn’t matter how rich or well-educated the people at the top are. The best society is the one that best treats the people at the bottom. Let me suggest a corollary: the Rawlsian Theory of Food Culture. The Rawlsian Theory of Food Culture says that, if you want to judge the quality of a... Aesthetics for Birds -


Should You Defer to Ethical Experts? Ernest Sosa gave a lovely and fascinating talk yesterday at UC Riverside on the importance of "firsthand intuitive insight" in philosophy. It has me thinking about the extent to which we ought, or ought not, defer to ethical experts when we are otherwise inclined to disagree with their conclusions. To illustrate the idea of firsthand intuitive insight, Sosa gives two examples. One concerns mathematics. Consider a student who learns that the Pythagorean theorem is true... Splintered Mind -


Mood Ben Highmore/ Carolyn Pedwell/ Anil Sebastian Listen to the recording here or on YouTube Mood is an ephemeral thing, changing with the seasons and eluding our control. Why are our moods so susceptible to drugs, the weather, and music alike? Hegel wrote of Geist and Heidegger rhapsodized over Stimmung, so can an age have a mood too? And if so, how do we read a Zeitgeist or measure the spirit of a time? Join us... The Forum -


EVEN A STOPPED CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY Inasmuch as the Good Book tells us “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen” [Matthew 20:16], we ought to celebrate Paul Krugman’s recognition today of the fact that the deliberate destruction of labor unions is a significant cause of income inequity in the United States.To be sure, Krugman did write, on the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, that “By my reckoning, Karl Marx made about... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Interactive Atlas of the Disciplines: Go Add Women! The University of Geneva has just made available a new online resource: an “Interactive Historical Atlas of the Disciplines”. This is an open access website: http://atlas-disciplines.unige.ch This atlas aims at mapping the evolution of the (thematic) disciplinary structure of science over time, as well as tracing back the successive redefinitions of scientific disciplines throughout the centuries. Furthermore, the project is open to scholarly (reviewed) participation: each disciplinary map comes with dedicated tools for adding content or... Feminist History of Philosophy -