Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some Links of Note, Noted

* Another reason to think that we live in the calamitous decline of Western civilization: eroticizing Jane Austen novels. One feels that one should be shocked by the impropriety in some way, but one finds that one is simply bored with the bad taste and bad writing of it all. On the plus side, most of us will be able to tell our grandchildren exactly where the modern life became a demented parody of itself, just a long series of juvenile fantasies tastelessly and arbitrarily embedded in the legacy we have been given.

* What would (likely) happen if you pitched a baseball at 90% the speed of light?

* Robert Yanal on Two Gaps in Hume's Essay on Taste

* Talkeetna, Alaska, has a cat for a mayor. He recently reached his fifteenth year in office. The town, while functionally a town of about 900 people, is technically a historical district, and therefore the mayoral office is mostly an honorary and ceremonial position, anyway, but Mayor Stubbs has done excellent in the work in representing the town, since he's considerably increased tourism, bringing quite a bit of money into the little place.

* If I were a rich man, this is the sort of thing I would be tempted to fritter away my money on: Castles for Sale

* Catherine Hundleby is building a web resource for teachers of critical thinking courses.

* An interesting summary of the defense obligations of the US to other countries.


  1. The eroticizing of Jane Austen novels is saddening to hear, but I did enjoy the story on Stubbs. Congratulations on his 15th years as mayor! I do wonder if any other felines in Talkeetna can fill the position once Stubbs retires.

  2. Out of curiosity, what's your non-primary source text of choice for teaching Intro to Phil. courses?

  3. I only use primary source texts, either straight or excerpts.

    I did once plan a summer course that would have used Blackburn's Think as a foundation for part of the course, but it was scheduled for a really weird time and place, and because of that was canceled for lack of enrollment. That's the closest I've ever come to using anything that might be called a non-primary source text. I still want to try out a course using it sometime, not because I agree with Blackburn ever, but because it would serve as a handy jumping-off point for discussion. But even then, it would only be as a supplement to primary texts.


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