Category Archives: Philosophy

Upon the Threat of Thought Experiments (#poem)

A philosopher of mind, It doesn’t matter who, But it was Daniel Dennett, Made a point of describing Disembodied consciousness, Or dissociation, To prove that animals might React physically to pain Without being conscious of it. He illustrated this with … Continue reading

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The Peace of Stoicism (#poem)

The Stoics all counsel the same. Contemplate life and accept Death without too much disruption. They counsel the same when You are overwrought, but Flood you with a tsunami of tears When their turn comes. Seneca condemned his own sobs; … Continue reading

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A New Riddle of Induction (#poem)

We have such unfounded confidence that The future will be like the past that We are constantly disappointed in the Present. The future betrays us daily. So I can’t be blamed for thinking you’d Be here still—as you always were. … Continue reading

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Entelechy: How Universes Begin (#poem)

It seems the perfect arrangement, All these particles, all this energy Racing forward to some ultimate Purpose. All the minutiae of the universe Explained by this motivation to some Grand End in a race from potential to Actual. Possibilities reach … Continue reading

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On the Sixth Meditation and Montaigne (#poem)

The most wretched and frail of all creatures is man, and withal the proudest.” ~Michel de Montaigne Budding literary critics are advised that If they do not see sex in the text, They should look for death As these are … Continue reading

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The Impact of Utilitarianism on Unsuspecting Feet (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

The prompt today was to use a homophone or homonym. I can’t take credit for the example, which was offered by a former student. After her purported reading Of Jeremy Bentham, She said he believed She should do whatever Made … Continue reading

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On the Disastrous Art of Losing (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

On our first meeting, she Described me as a “near Buddhist,” Meaning, of course, that I had The ascetic qualities of a monk.   And it was true that Siddhartha Helped me lose my appreciation For things. You learn first … Continue reading

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On the Destructive Power of Measureable Learning Objectives (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

Day 8 of NaPoWriMo asks us to write poetry using the jargon of our professions (or someone else’s profession). As a philosophy instructor, my only learning objective was to destroy the smug and self-satisfied confidence my students had in their … Continue reading

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Pain in the Membrane (frivolous essay on the brain)

They say the pain is all in your head, but where else could it be? I mean, some people do complain of pain in their hands or elbows or knees or whatever, but really the experience of the pain is … Continue reading

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Ricky Gervais and the Wrong Way to Grieve

After Life, created by Ricky Gervais, seems to be a quest to show just what it would mean to grieve in the wrong way. While grief counselors and well-meaning supporters will often assure us there is “no right or wrong … Continue reading

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