Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Items From Around

  • Via Kottke, here's the blog of Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings.
  • When I visited the Holocaust Memorial Center a few weeks ago, I was introduced to the anti-Nazi artwork of photomontagist John Heartfield and I found it very intriguing. Some discussions and examples of his work can be found here, here, here, and here.
  • Here's the problem with non-philosophers. Excerpt: 4) They constantly fail to understand how a point (e.g. an analogy or thought experiment) fits in to a particular argument, and instead insist on applying it more broadly -- and then objecting when this irrelevant application fails! It's so frustrating.
  • There's a professor in the Chicago City College system named Bruce Gans who has been a big proponent of the great books to his students, mostly working-class adults who have returned to finish college. Here's the online publication he edits. Excerpt: You are resting your eyes on something very special. On one level, it is perhaps the first scholarly journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences composed entirely by students in the history of the City Colleges of Chicago. The focus of Symposium is to publish annually student inquiry into the authors who collectively compose the canon, the Great Books. Although student newspapers and journals of poetry and fiction abound in community and four-year colleges, this journal may well be the only scholarly journal published by any community college in the country.


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