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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nameless Wanderers, Honors 3 Group 3

So, we had an unusual class period today. Instead of our normal class, we requested Dr. Phil's permission to spend the class period watching the video debate between John Lennox and Peter Singer over the question of the existence of God. Thanks, Dr. Phil, for allowing us to do that. I, for one, enjoyed it immensely.

That means, compadres, that we need to use this space as a discussion forum for our midterm presentation. What is the general thought on which book we use? I think the one about if Aristotle ran Hogwarts tends to yield a bit more substance, but I'm mostly firing in the dark at the titles of the various essays. Either way, we need to get moving on that thing, since the due date draws ever closer.


  1. We definitely need to get cracking on discussing what we're going to do for our project. I think we should request a full class period to discuss projects only. I have an idea on what we can do, and I think we can incorporate both books. I don't know if I should divulge too much information where other groups can read it, just in case we want to keep it a secret. But instead of a presentation (seems a bit boring if you ask me), I think we should do a skit. We could definitely get at least 15 minutes out of it if we do it right. I'm pretty confident we could come up with something interesting and funny if we just had the time.

    1. i know it's due in lesss than a weeek!!!!! ahhh

    2. Hoo doggy...you're right. Less than a week. That's wonderful. Skit...that could be pretty interesting. Can you email us about your idea, or should we wait until next class to talk about it?

  2. FACT: What was Skinner's main concern about philosophy? (human behavior)

    DISCUSS: Has anyone read the Prince? And what do you think about it or Machiavelli's theory in general?

    COMMENT: I would love to hear everyone's opinions on the conversation about the existence of God.

    LINK: It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. -Machiavelli

  3. Damon McCook 16-1

    I just ordered The Prince on Amazon. From my limited reading in PBB i am really interested in Machiavelli.

  4. My comment is above.

    Factual question: Which philosopher was a sickly child but was a fitness fanatic as an adult? (Thomas Hobbes)

    Discussion question: Hobbes thought all humans are selfish at heart. Do you agree, disagree, or maybe see his point but can't commit?

    Link: This link explains Thomas Hobbes and his belief that all humans have evil in them in 3 minutes.

  5. I had a hard time finding this post... Slacker failure.

    Comment: The plot for specifics for our presentation excites me immensely. I'm such a nerd.

    Fact: In Hobbes' philosophy, a ________ was a person given the right to inflict severe punishment on anyone who stepped out of line. (Sovereign.)

    Discussion: Do you believe society could exist without the government we have in place today?

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDvdO-Qx5yk A podcast about Hobbes.

  6. Factual: Who stress that it is better as a leader to be feared rather than loves? - Machiavelli

    Discussion: Do you think a leader should be feared pr loved? Why or why not?

    Comment: We really need to talk about a mid-term project tomorrow!

    Link: http://www.reasonpapers.com/pdf/341/rp_341.pdf This is a link for a website talking about philosophy and Harry Potter

  7. Anonymous12:40 PM CDT

    Michael Anderson H3
    Fact: who wrote The Prince? Machiavelli.
    Discuss: Do you think fear and intimidation are effective methods to keep power as a leader?
    Comment: I'm up for any topic we decide on for our project.
    Link: http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/machiavelli.html