Sometimes before we head to bed, my Frostlord will find an interesting podcast to help us learn new ideas while drifting off to sleep country. Tonight, he found us this recent episode from Future Tense called "Chatting With Heretics" (audio, transcript), but instead of easing us into a restful sleep, he found one that's gotten … Continue reading The fundamendal interconnectedness of all things
More articles on The Good Soldier here, here and here. While contemplating about this book, it got me thinking of this 2004 movie starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen, who made up a weird love... square. Closer, according to its wiki page, can be seen as the tragic modern version of … Continue reading Ford’s The Good Soldier… Is it like Closer?
Gary confirmed we'll have tons of material to cover with the first two readings assigned for this week, but he suggested getting through Book I of Metaphysics to get a feel for Aristotle's approach to the main questions of philosophy. The text sets the tone with this opening line: "ALL men by nature desire to … Continue reading First week of reading, Part III: Aristotle’s Metaphysics
Interesting articles here and here. While reading this text, I'm seeing parallels here with some content I'll be teaching this term [EXPE 4802: Interviews and Professional Image] regarding personal branding and creating one's 'elevator pitch'. Now I see this is a VERY old idea that got a fancy title. This makes me think of Dan … Continue reading First week of reading, Part II: Rhetoric = Elevator Pitch?
Sources for these readings: Plato's Gorgias; Aristotle's Rhetoric and Metaphysics When approaching these texts, I wondered how the original form would have been presented. Would Gorgias be a play, or was it meant to be read by oneself in their library, like I'm doing now? I'm having to jot down the characters' names to keep them straight. … Continue reading First week of reading, Part I: Time to get started with Plato’s Gorgias!
When I've asked my mother how I got my name, she spins the tale of how, had I been born a boy, would have been named Soren. This would be an interesting combination, as the Filipino naming convention usually consists of imparting the mother's maiden name as the child's middle name and then the father's … Continue reading My almost-namesake
Today's book is Camus' The Outsider, as translated by Joseph Laredo. A quick read, but I'll definitely appreciate the class discussion to help dig deeper into this text. After reading it, the Grenouille character from Perfume came to mind, specifically in the passage re: the Czech man who returns to his village after making his … Continue reading Authenticity and society
It's Dec 13th, 2017 and I've been listening to tons of podcast. Recently I've been bingeing on Why Oh Why and intermittently to This American Life, This Filipino American Life, Rough Translation, Teach Better, The Moth, Planet Money, Science Friday, Tim Ferriss Show, Nerdist... I've also been completing phone calls with the immediate supervisors of … Continue reading My still untitled future podcast
The next books I picked up since Friday were The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford and André Gide's The Immoralist. I got about 26 pages into Ford's book and I got distracted. I'll come back to it eventually, but it might be a lesson learned to not read any wiki pages or the intros … Continue reading Context matters
I picked this book up Wednesday night, thinking I'd just take a quick skim before heading to bed. Totally wrong. De Botton's writing lured me in with his Nesquick bit then I couldn't put the book down. To be honest, I was intimidated by much of my reading list this term - I haven't studied philosophy … Continue reading “The simplicity on the other side of complexity”