By Jon Cogburn
The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Saturday, September 12th:
- ADDENDUM: The Final Cliffhanger. The morning star is the morning star.
- Saturday Linkorama. In its essence, technology is something that man does not control.
Friday, September 11th:
- Metametaphysics and the Residua of Verbal Disputes. Tristan Haze continues his series of posts on metametaphysics, this one exploring whether the view that disagreeing metaphysicians are talking about the same stuff in different ways need lead to revision of the way metaphysics is carried out.
- CORRECTION: I don’t hate Stallone’s Cliffhanger. James Rocha shows that the concept cliffhanger is not only (for familiar Fregean reasons) not a concept, but also not Cliffhanger. This follows from Cliffhanger not being a cliffhanger.
- A Jamesian Critique of Metaphysics and The Hard Case for Harman. J. Edward Hackett jumps off from this interview with Graham Harman to argue for Jamesian pragmatism as an alternative to continental metaphysics. Harman responded HERE, and J. Ed responded in the comments, which also contain an interesting discussion with Terrence Blake. Good Stuff!
- Thoughts on Cis Actors In Trans Roles: Transface, Blackface, Yellowface and Beyond. The post does what the title describes. Basically, B.P. Morton brings the thunder once again.
- Straight Outta Compton and Victimizer Scripts (Part 2). Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò builds on Kristina Meshelski's use of Nelson Goodman to further develop her theory about why it is so hard to depict things like police violence in films. There is a lot of good history and interpretation in both posts.
- Straight Outta Compton (Part 1). Kristina Meshelski raises questions about the depiction of women and police violence in the new NWA biopic. But strangely, the police violence still comes off as slightly cartoonish and embellished for film. What to do when police violence toward black people in the US is so bad that a literally realistic scene becomes illegible?
- Flying. Inaugural post by Michael LaBossiere! I am certainly looking forward to the classless utopia of the future in which each person is seated according to her size and pays in accord with how much crap she brings on the plane. Plus booze for everyone. Word!
- Bluegrass and Race. Duncan Richter poses three questions:
- would as many people like bluegrass (and craft beer and hiking too if you like) if it became less white?
- if they didn’t, would this be at all bad (even if it was a bad outweighed by a greater good)?
- is it necessarily racist to answer Yes to question 2?
Wednesday, September 9th:
Tuesday, September 8th:
- Some Critical Fragments on Quine. Tristan Haze notes that philosophy of science isn't even philosophy enough for the philosophy of science.
- I Hate Cliffhangers. James Rocha has seen no less than thirty seven times that one Sylvester Stallone movie about the inarticulate person on the mountain and hates all of them (at least that's the upshot if my theory of plural quantification is correct).
- The epistemology of ancient DNA. Helen De Cruz discusses whether molecular chauvinism is leading us to put too much faith in DNA evidence that seems to be overturning huge swaths of what we thought we knew about human evolution.
Monday, September 7th:
- Quine and the death of culture. Jon Cogburn argues that T.S. Eliot was a better prose stylist than W.V.O. Quine. What a surprise!
Sunday, September 6th:
- Good Hair Hour Weekend #6: Syndey Fringe Festival Advertisement #2. The thing about gluten-free Vegemite is itself probably past (passed?) its sell by date. At least I never stooped to remarks about change purses made out of kangaroo scrotums (not only a real thing, but such that jokes about it is a real thing). The only thing lazier would be something about the ecosystem in Tris' beard. Ha! Ha! Because big beards are funny. That's why.