Archive for the ‘Awesomeness’ Category



March 16, 2011

Hacking up the University

November 17, 2010

This is so totally brilliant I have to repost. Gregory Petsko, Professor at Brandeis, responds to George M. Philip, President of SUNY Albany regarding Philip’s decision to slash the departments of French, Italian, Classics, Russian, and Theater. Do read it. It’s slow to start, but absolutely spot on.


Blob Fish – Talking About Philosophy

October 25, 2010

Happy Monday. Here’s a strange video from biovision.


Wenn hinter Fliegen Fliegen fliegen…

September 20, 2010

Oh how I love the comments to this article by Jeff McMahan, an accomplished and well-respected ethicist at Rutgers. They remind me so how not atypical my undergraduates are. (Say what? Yes, you read that correctly.) Here are some gems. Maybe on Monday I’ll actually address the content of the article:

Joe: “this is incredibly flawed,┬áthe world of animals and all organisms are only able to survive because of such brutal competition, if there was nothing to fight for, what would it be worth?”

The other guy: “I came away with the same feeling as when I first read Zeno’s “dichotomy paradox” in college, That is, “What was he smoking?” That was also the time in my sophomore year where I swore the stuff off.”

Erika: “The argument you present is offensive.”

Socrates: “Horrifying article.”

into the fire: “Unbelievable, but alas not surprising, that this could be written by someone paid to profess at Rutgers or Princeton.”

Peter: “Mr. McMahan is right to expect to be vilified when intelligent people see his article. It is the height of ignorance.”

Vance: “The amount of large words does not counter the fact that these arguments are from a child’s mind.”

Linda: “This is an astounding example of ivory tower thinking that is totally out of touch with the real world.”

They go on, dear readers! I’m only on page two. Love, love the comments. So wonderful.

Philosophers are crrr-azy!


Akan Concept of the Person

September 8, 2010

 ()Here’s friend, colleague, and Cameroonian philosopher Ajume Wingo on ABC Radio talking about the Akan concept of the person.


Grizzly Moms

August 20, 2010

Vodpod videos no longer available.


Friday Fun

July 23, 2010

Here’s a video made by our local rag, the Daily Camera. Flip through to the 1:10 mark or so. That’s my little boy dancing in the streets. That’s also him finishing the race a few shots beforehand.