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Monday, December 8, 2014

The big question

Good luck with exams and with life, everyone. Remember, curiosity is its own reason for existing. Keep asking those questions. (But don't ask about your course grade until Dec.15, please.)

"How do you determine a student's grade?"
--"Well, I add up the grades for the essays, quizzes, the midterm and final. I average them out. Then I consult my stomach."
That's what the late Fred Stocking, Williams College Shakespearian scholar, told his student (now NPR reporter) Barbara Bradley Hagerty. And it's now my stock answer to the perennial question too. 
I also look at how many runs you scored, of course.
[Hagerty's radio tribute]


  1. Where do I go to see the essays I've posted on the blog??

    1. If you posted successfully, it should be here. No new posts were accepted after Dec.4. Reports were due Dec.2/3.

  2. "Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood" - Friedrich Nietzsche

    "I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine" - Bruce Lee

    "Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." - Albert Einstein

    "There are many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say 'Watch Me'." - Jack White

    "The only value of wasted time is Knowledge" - Monica Drake

    "Love can hurt, Love can inspire, Love can be ones only desire; however, without the spark to love something you will always live in your darkest fears." - Cheyenne Reed

    "Don't let the insults hurt you. Don't let the uninterested minds that sit before you, because they have to, sway you. Follow your heart with pride, stand tall, and live your life because you are the only one who can, no one else can do it for you." - Cheyenne Reed

    "Be water my friend. Put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. Put water into a tea pot it becomes the tea pot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend." - Bruce Lee

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  4. Interesting panel of savants you've assembled here, Cheyenne, yourself included! But I disagree with Nietzsche, deep thinkers WANT to be understood. And I don't understand Bruce: I boil water for tea every day, it NEVER becomes the teapot. But he's probably making a deeper point than I can understand. Anyway, best wishes to you as you continue your magical journey!

  5. I just realized I never posted my final report. Since I was not made an author it wouldn't let me create and original post. I presented my report on Immanuel Kant the Tuesday before Christmas break. I did a power point but here were the points of my main focus.
    1) Critique of Pure Reason
    -First published in 1787
    -One of the most influential works in philosophy
    -Primary aim is to determine the limits and scope of pure reason
    2) Critique of Practical Reason
    -Not a critique of pure practical reason, but rather a defense of it as being capable of grounding behavior superior to that grounded by desire-based practical reasoning
    God and immortality are also knowable, but practical reason now requires belief in these postulates of reason
    -We understand our freedom while following the moral law
    -Moral law frees us from the control of our desires
    3) Metaphysics
    -Argued that the mind is not blank
    -It is insufficient to explain the beliefs about objects that we have
    -Some components to beliefs must be brought by experience
    -Modified the old division between a priori truth and a posterior truth

    4) And I finished with a few quotes to think on…
    “In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.” ~Immanuel Kant
    “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” ~Immanuel Kant
    “It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.” ~Immanuel Kant

    Im sorry about the technical difficulties… I hope its not too late.
    Caitlin Bates
    Section 10
    Group 2