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Monday
Jan042016

Was Wittgenstein Right (Horwich)?

... pretty good stuff here.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/was-wittgenstein-right/?_r=1

But here is my only complaint. Characterizing Wittgenstein's negative attitudes about the field of philosophy, Horwich writes:

" There are no startling discoveries to be made ... 'from the armchair' through some blend of intuition, pure reason and conceptual analysis."

But was Wittgenstein himself doing philosophy? Because, if he was and he was right -- both of which seem true to me -- then philosophy did not fail; it merely ended. In fact, if Wittgenstein is right, philosophy was a success. It just took history's best thinker to put things we already knew in the right arrangement and the right light. This is an important distinction because it means that philosophy is far from worthless. It is simply a bunch of "thinking exercises," which, if contemplated properly, ends with the fly leaving the bottle. That is, it makes you smarter. I want to say: it was Wittgenstein who allowed us all to graduate.

Thursday
Nov262015

First Three Substantive Course Topics are Up

.... Finally have 3 substantive topics up in my American political development class. Taking forever to do this.

Feudal Economics
Rise of Capitalism
Debt, Power & Risk
Saturday
Nov142015

Dershowitz on Academia and Free Thought

... Alan Dershowitz on college campus, administrators, free speech & intellectual diversity.
Tuesday
Oct062015

Nordic Wittgenstein Review: Forms of Life

... open access special edition published. Looks promising. Anna Boncompagni is one of the authors.

Sunday
Sep202015

Example of Video Learning

This is how video learning works. It's not like watching a live lecture or speech. People are impatient in front of their devices. Information must be both quick, and produced. If you watch this, tell me: don't you efficiently learn the material? It seems to me to go straight into the head. The argument that it goes too fast for some is countered by the pause button. Most students, I think,could let everything get absorbed without pausing. Imagine how long it would take to teach the same information live. Probably 15 minutes?