Up@dawn 2.0

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quiz Jan 24

Remember, you get a base for each non-redundant alternative quiz question you post before class.

1. What were Aristotle's followers called?

2. Who said his mind only worked with his legs?

3. Whose mentor called walking "gymnastics for the mind"?

4. Who had a "Sand-walk"?

5. How much does the average American walk?

6. Name a city with a "Philosophers' Walk".

And some discussion questions (remember, you get a base for each DQ suggestion you post or comment on before class):

1. Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?

2. Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)

3. What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?

4. Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public? (Ifyes, would you say you did it in a spirit of evangelism and proselytizing, or in a philosophical way? What's the difference? And if no, why not?)

5. Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)

6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

Some old posts

Monday, August 29, 2016
Walking to the stars

What a gorgeous, beckoning crescent moon out here in this morning's pre-dawn.

In CoPhi we're talking walking today, with side-orders of space-faring and belief-sharing.

We'll discuss the first two chapters of Frederic Gros's Philosophy of Walking, and Christopher Orlet's Gymnasiums of the Mind.

We'll also consider these old posts and this one on walking and believing (and the ongoing This I Believe franchise), Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot, and Sagan heir Neil de Grasse Tyson's Why exploring space still matters. The common thread? Some of us fervently believe, with Nietzsche, Rousseau, and so many others, that the best ideas first come while walking. Some of us also believe we should expand our range to include more distant turf, over the Terran horizon. I'm a believer.

Given the vast scale of the cosmos, and the fact that we've really only just learned to walk, "we" means future humans. But the horizon just came a lot closer, with the discovery of our sister planet at Proxima Centauri. By present propulsion technology, of course, Proxima Centauri is NOT in such close proximity. It's 80,000 years away. If that Russian billionaire figures out how to boost those iPhone-size probes to a fifth of the speed of light they'll get there in 20 years. This is less about us getting there, than about us getting excited about our great-great...grandchildren getting there, and for that even to be possible we have to get excited about sustaining this planet, here and now. An Exoplanet Too Far

Neil Tyson believes a redoubling of our efforts in space would be the most practical investment we could ever make in our species.

'We need to double NASA's budget because not only is it the grandest epic adventure a human being can undertake, not only would the people who led this adventure be the ones we end up building statues to and naming high schools after and becoming the next generation's Mercury 7 as role models, not only will there be spinoff products from these discoveries, but what's more important than all of those, what's more practical than all of those, is that he will transform the economy into one that will lead the world once again rather than trail the world as we are inevitably going to be doing over the next decade.'"

And it'll give us peripatetics a lot more room to roam.

The cosmic perspective need not lead to resignation and existential despair, of the sort hinted in Bertrand Russell's "A Free Man's Worship" - "For countless ages the hot nebula whirled aimlessly through space..." -and made light of in his "Why I Am Not a Christian" - "Nobody really worries much about what is going to happen millions of years hence..."

Some do, actually. But others, reflecting on a mote of dust with Carl Sagan, dream.

We humans have set foot on another world in a place called the Sea of Tranquility, an astonishing achievement for creatures such as we, whose earliest footsteps three and one-half million years old are preserved in the volcanic ash of east Africa. We have walked far.

It all began with one small step. Between now and the end of eternity, we have countless more steps to enjoy. Let's go.

And bring a book. I recommend Five Billion Years of Solitude: the Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings.

5:45/6:18, 73/90, 7:17
Back for Day 3, we turn happily to our philosophical labors in CoPhilosophy. Today we introduce (and maybe even emulate) the peripatetics, and we explore the earnest atmosphere of This I Believe.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) founded his Lyceum just outside Athens and

gathered around him a group of brilliant research students, called “peripatetics” from the name of the cloister (peripatos) in which they walked and held their discussions. The Lyceum was not a private club like [Plato's] Academy; many of the lectures there were open to the general public and given free of charge. EB
Nowadays, a "peripatetic" has just come to mean someone who travels a lot. I prefer the older signification, of someone who (like Aristotle's students in the Lyceum peripatos) walks while talking philosophy. That's how we'll understand and apply the concept in our CoPhi collaborations.

...the act of ambulation – or as we say in the midwest, walking – often serves as a catalyst to creative contemplation and thought. It is a belief as old as the dust that powders the Acropolis, and no less fine. Followers of the Greek Aristotle were known as peripatetics because they passed their days strolling and mind-wrestling through the groves of the Academe. The Romans’ equally high opinion of walking was summed up pithily in the Latin proverb Solvitur Ambulando: “It is solved by walking.”

...Erasmus recommended a little walk before supper and “after supper do the same.” Thomas Hobbes had an inkwell built into his walking stick to more easily jot down his brainstorms during his rambles. Jean- Jacques Rousseau claimed he could only meditate when walking: “When I stop, I cease to think,” he said. “My mind only works with my legs.” Søren Kierkegaard believed he’d walked himself into his best thoughts. In his brief life Henry David Thoreau walked an estimated 250,000 miles, or ten times the circumference of earth. “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits,” wrote Thoreau, “unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields absolutely free from worldly engagements.” Thoreau’s landlord and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson characterized walking as “gymnastics for the mind.”

In order that he might remain one of the fittest, Charles Darwin planted a 1.5 acre strip of land with hazel, birch, privet, and dogwood, and ordered a wide gravel path built around the edge. Called Sand-walk, this became Darwin’s ‘thinking path’ where he roamed every morning and afternoon with his white fox-terrier. Of Bertrand Russell, long-time friend Miles Malleson has written: “Every morning Bertie would go for an hour’s walk by himself, composing and thinking out his work for that day. He would then come back and write for the rest of the morning, smoothly, easily and without a single correction.”

None of these laggards, however, could touch Friedrich Nietzsche, who held that “all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” Rising at dawn, Nietzsche would stalk through the countryside till 11 a.m. Then, after a short break, he would set out on a two-hour hike through the forest to Lake Sils. After lunch he was off again, parasol in hand, returning home at four or five o’clock, to commence the day’s writing. Christopher Orlet, "Gymnasiums of the Mind"
This I Believe II was MTSU's freshman summer read this year. Jay Allison, who revived the old '50s TIB franchise, was to have spoken at convocation last year but weather interfered.

Here's where it all began, in 1951. As Mr. Murrow said, there's no "pill of wisdom"... but lots of wise people are real pills. Many of these concise testimonials of conviction will make you feel better about the human condition.

These little essays are sometimes light and fluffy, sometimes dense, sometimes funny, occasionally profound. I'm asking students to find their faves. Sticking just to those included in Jay Allison's first book, I guess these would be mine:Albert Einstein, An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
Oscar Hammerstein II, Happy Talk
Victor Hanson, Natural Links in a Long Chain of Being
Penn Jillette, There is No God
Erroll Morris, There Is Such a Thing as Truth
Azar Nafisi, Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together
Eboo Patel, We Are Each Other's Business
Jackie Robinson, Free Minds and Hearts at Work
Wallace Stegner, Everything Potent is Dangerous
Arnold Toynbee, I Agree With a Pagan
John Updike, Testing the Limits of What I Know and Feel

This just scratches the surface. There are tens of thousands of essays in the archives, growing daily; and that probably doesn't include yours. Yet.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
An image of life itself
I started walking seriously in college, in the late 70s. Coincidentally, that's also when English travel writer John Man published Walk! It Could Change Your Life..., a used unjacketed copy of which has been languishing unnoticed and unread for many years on a shelf in my Little House out back (the rear porch of which is my conveniently remote summer office).

It's an undeservedly neglected gem. My Philosophy Walks project has finally drawn me to this compendium of insight and delight, drawings, period photos, practical tips for dedicated walkers (including a section at the end on stretching), and judiciously selected quotations like this one from Donald Culross Peattie's Joy of Walking:
Time is not money; time is a an opportunity to live before you die. So a man who walks, and lives and sees and thinks as he walks, has lengthened his life. 
I'm happy to acknowledge another unsung fellow philosopher of walking.

There's nothing about Walk! in John's published biographical note. I suppose he considers it too slight (compared with his impressive subsequent body of work) to mention. I would differ with that judgment, and concur enthusiastically with his conclusion:
Walking means seeing the unseen, understanding, friendship, privacy, emotional perspective, physical capacity... an image of life itself.
Early in the book, Man offers a partial taxonomy of walking styles including the Peripatetics' "stroll" - " the type of locomotion adopted by tourists, lovers, promenaders and thinkers."

I actually think better, I think, at a faster clip. With dogs. Without a stick.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This would have been a fine way to preface Philosophy Walks, but Robert MacFarlane has already used it for The Old Ways:
This book could not have been written by sitting still. The relationship between paths, walking and the imagination is its subject, and much of its thinking was therefore done -- was only possible -- while on foot...
Above all, this is a book about people and place: about walking as a reconnoitre inwards, and the subtle ways in which we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. 
So I'll be writing a different preface to a different book, though one that also cannot be conceived or executed at anchorage. His foot journey was geographically extended, mine tend to circle familiar ground, but we're both members in good standing of the peripatetics club.

Isn't reconnoitre a great word! It's le bon mot for a big part of what I walk for.  I'd be truly lost without my daily morning internal reconnaissance, which can only happen after moving to "higher" ground on shank's mare. The elevation sought is not necessarily to be measured in feet or meters, or even in words. But the bookish medium defiantly imposes that particular yardstick, so I'd better go reconnoitre for some more of those. Words, I mean.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Sympathetic peripatetics
"Peripatetic": terrific word, fabulous idea. One day early in the Fall semester I'm going to fulfill a lifelong ambition and conduct class peripatetically.
From the time of Aristotle until 86 BC there was a continuous succession of philosophers in charge of the school in the Lyceum. The common name for the school, Peripatetic, was derived either from the peripatos in the Lyceum grounds or from Aristotle’s habit of lecturing while walking [but, you call this walking?]... The Lyceum’s fame-and the fame of other schools in Athens-attracted increasing numbers of philosophers and students from all over the Mediterranean world...
The utter destruction of Athens in AD 267 probably ended this renaissance of scholarly activity. The work of Peripatetic philosophers continued elsewhere, but it is unclear whether they returned to the Lyceum. Nothing certain is known about the Lyceum during the remainder of the third through early sixth centuries AD. Any remaining philosophical activity would certainly have ended in AD 529, when the emperor Justinian closed all the philosophical schools in Athens. 
We don't seem to know much for sure about the ancient peripatetics.
According to the tradition, Andronicus of Rhodes was the eleventh successor of Aristotle as head of the Peripatos, the school that Aristotle founded in Athens (Ammonius, In De Int. 5.28-29). We have good reasons to doubt this tradition. 
Well, we almost always have good reasons to doubt every tradition. Aristotle's Lyceum and its walking philosophers ended in Athens but "continued to exist in the form of a philosophical sect," and more importantly continues to exist as an idea, a state of mind, and a style of living. Walk this way...

Podcasts: I believe in the peripatetic life... Sym-pathetic peripatetics


  1. Anonymous8:45 AM CDT

    I really enjoyed reading this I believe by Jay Allison. My favorite short essay was written by Warren Christopher titled a shared moment of trust . It's about driving down the road and trusting that the person coming towards you want swerve into your lane .
    Kali Sunstrom (12)

    1. And since Christopher was a diplomat, it's also about applying that same level of trust with other persons and nations generally. Ronald Reagan said of the old Soviet Union: "Trust, but verify." But sometimes you've just got to trust.

    2. I in fact don't trust that person to stay in there lane. I worry, and attempt to stare at the person to see if they are paying attention!

  2. Dusty Cantrell (12)
    One of my favorite "This I Believe" exerpts is "Moving Beyond Stereotypes".

  3. Jeri R (12)2:51 PM CDT

    "Be Cool To The Pizza Dude" by Sarah Adams


  4. "The Power of Hello" By Howard White


  5. Before I began reading this book, I didn't know how I would ever finish it. Then after reading the last page, I couldn't believe how much knowledge I gained and how the book made me think about life from a different view. Evan Luster Section 12

    1. I will have to check that out then, I feel the same way. Thinking how will I ever finish this! Never regret it when I do.

  6. Lucas Rogers (12)8:27 PM CDT

    "God Is the Father of All Men


  7. Justin Fox9:16 PM CDT

    Some of the stories that I enjoyed are: A Beautiful Mind(http://thisibelieve.org/essay/49269/), An Everyday Mental Illness(http://thisibelieve.org/essay/41030/), The Power of a Smile and a Compliment(http://thisibelieve.org/essay/70496/), and Respect Yourself(http://thisibelieve.org/essay/1949/). These are only a few of the interesting stories I found.

  8. This stuff was really interesting to read. I enjoyed the TIB regarding Jackie Robinson and Mohandas K. Gandhi. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16931/ http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16872/

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  10. One of my favorite essays in This I Believe had to be the one written by Joe in New York titled Our Brother's Keeper because it allowed me to relate to the same grief I experienced after the passing of my older brother.

  11. Anonymous10:02 PM CDT

    "Mysterious Connections that Link us Together" by Azar Nafisi, was definitely my favorite.
    Mariem Farag 12.

  12. Trent Dillihay (12): These are a few of my favorite essays I found:
    Strongly Held Beliefs (http://thisibelieve.org/essay/102519/ )

    The Tense Middle (http://thisibelieve.org/essay/22869/ )

    The Holy Life of the Intellect (my personal favorite of the group)

    How did I not find out this existed until this year? This is fascinating!

  13. Haley Harwell10:04 PM CDT

    My absolute favorite essay I found while perusing the TIB website ( I will definitely be reading more) is "I believe in Holding Hands" https://thisibelieve.org/essay/109188/ It included 3 topics that are very dear to my heart, but more encompassing, equality. Section 12

    1. Haley Harwell4:32 PM CDT

      Just to expound a little bit more about this TIB essay. The author writes about how he feels uncomfortable displaying PDA because of what people will say because he is gay or in an interracial relationship. He then sees another couple showing love for one another and is so moved by this act, that he no longer cares what people will say. He is courageously moved to hold his boyfriend's hand out of love.

    2. There is something to being proud of walking through the public not caring about anything but how you are making your loved one feel.

  14. Karol Saleh section 8
    "God Is the Father of All Men


  15. (#8) "Man's Growth Toward Civilization" (http://thisibelieve.org/essay/17023/ )George Leslie Stout gives a perspective of civilization in the 1950's.

  16. You're building a great library of TIBs, guys. Can you also include with your link just a little more descriptive info about what you took away from your favorites and why you liked them? That'll better prepare you to discuss your choices in class.

  17. (#12) "I am evolution" by Holly Dunsworthhttps://thisibelieve.org/essay/10120/
    She explains why she doesn't have to believe "in" evolution because it is not a matter of faith.

  18. (12) "Less is More" - Joel Boutin http://thisibelieve.org/essay/162734/
    He describes his transformation towards minimalism and finding the joy in life without a plethora of materialistic items after spending time in Africa with the Peace Corps.

  19. Anonymous10:16 AM CDT

    Morgan Massey (8) "A Walk in the Woods Together" - Cindy Lollar https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10532/

    In this essay, Lollar explains how she and her longtime partner are married even though they do not have a legal marriage certificate. I really like this essay because she discusses how pure her and her partner's love is, and explains how they plan to continue their lives married and growing old together.

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    2. ( I made the mistake of posting this as an reply)
      (#8 TR) "Goodness Doesn't Just Happen."-Rebecca west

      I like this essay because of Mrs.West's sudden realization that the world isn't just flowers and sunshine. Law is not just there to restrain the individual, and everyone receiving everything they ever wanted does not create peace.. She ponders how we can preserve law if we can be affected by our own corruption, since it is an human institution. How can we manage to love if we are so given to cruelty? Humans cause travesties and war, but on the same token humans are the one who create peace and prosperity.

  20. Anonymous12:08 PM CDT

    Ashley Stancil section 12- "The Choice to be Stronger" https://thisibelieve.org/essay/11147/

  21. (#12) "I am evolution" by Holly Dunsworthhttps://thisibelieve.org/essay/10120/
    She explains why she doesn't have to believe "in" evolution because it is not a matter of faith.

  22. Section 11 - "Names" http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170972/

    One word titles tend to catch my attention the quickest, it seems. I think a lot of us have had to deal with the things that writer describes, but not all of learn from it the way they did.

  23. 12 my grup talked about how we'd like to be more active if weather permits

  24. Anonymous3:33 PM CDT

    Kaylee the recorder Katelyn the monitor Justin the scorekeeper we are all very active people and I don't know when it is nice and cool (11)

  25. Jeri, Lucas, Alexis (12)3:35 PM CDT


    In my group, we talked about whether we were active or more sedentary. We all agreed pretty much that it depended on our mood; the temperature can affect the answer to the question as well. We believe we are a mixture of both.

  26. Anonymous3:38 PM CDT

    Ashley Stancil, Mariem Farag, Brandi Laney, Vanessa Beard (section 12 2:20-3:45) we all discussed the pros and cons on being an active person vs. a sedentary person. We all agreed that if the weather is nice then we wouldn't mind spending some time outdoors, but if its way too hot we'd stay in. Two people said that they were active and enjoyed doing various activities outside such as working out, hiking, and riding bikes. Two other people said that they were sedentary and and loved being indoors on hot days and that they enjoy being active inside.

  27. Samantha Smith3:41 PM CDT


    "You Can Get There From Here"

    I liked this essay because I can really relate to it as a college student. I know things are going to be hard sometimes and to remind myself that I can do anything from this moment on is important. I've changed majors once already and I've been here just over a week. I can find what I want to do. I just have to work to figure it out.

  28. Haley Harwell4:41 PM CDT

    In my group (Mikey, myself, and Lucas), we discussed how we all enjoy nature and the outdoors but not so much extremities of heat or cold. We also discussed our most memorable outdoor experiences. (section 12)

  29. Anonymous5:09 PM CDT

    Kindness Equals Survival by Connie
    This essay talks about Barrack Obama and how he has affected the lives of low-income families. Without the support of him many of them would go without food, water and basic needs of life.

    Austin Wilson #8 8am TTr

  30. In our group (Yada, Rushdi, Sierra) Our most memorable outdoor activities dealt with a tragic event in which we inherited good morals from. We've discussed how relaxing it feels to contemplate about life in a peripatetic type of way. (Section11)

  31. Today Sam, Zach and I talked about memorable experiences outdoors. We mostly agreed that all of our outdoor experiences taught us a valuable lesson like facing our fears and going outside of our comfort zone. (Section 11)

  32. Adam-http://thisibelieve.org/essay/170973/
    Attention to detail is very important, at least to me the devil is in the detail.
    DQ:1-Yes I would, walking helps keep my train of thought on track.
    2-I would like to say yes but honestly it depends; like on a nice beautiful day you can find me out and about but on a nasty day you can find me on my computer.
    5-I would say that I am a good listener, I always try to see other points of view even if they sway far from my own.

  33. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/42464/

    Fatima Rizvi (12)

    This article talks about how powerful love is and how everybody deserves to be loved or fall in love in their life. How it has the ability to change things if only you believe in it.

  34. Made for Walking by Joy N. Hensley

    I enjoyed this essay because she talks about leaving the 'clutter of her life' behind to travel the Appalachian Trail. In that time, her life was very simple. No job, no bills, no television. Just her forty-pound backpack full of essentials needed to survive.

  35. Kelsey Tucker10:14 PM CDT

    Nick, Tynisha and I discussed our most memorable experiences outdoors and how they have influenced our current relationships with nature. Nick likes to hike now, because when he was a kid growing up in Orange County, there was only one hiking trail and he enjoyed going on it. Tynisha doesn't really like the outdoors, because she hates bugs and her most memorable outdoor experience involved fracturing half of her face in a cheerleading accident.

  36. Imran Khan10:50 PM CDT

    I really enjoyed reading Albert Einsteins essay called An Ideal Service to Our Fellow Man.He talks about how he finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over their own personal gain.

  37. (#8) I found "On Insignificance" to be quite the interesting essay as it deals with how the smallest things in life turn out to have the largest impact in life (https://thisibelieve.org/essay/10992/) .

  38. Kaitlyn Hardy11:32 PM CDT

    DQ #5: I honestly do try to not only listen to what others are trying to say but also try to understand where they are coming from, even if it goes against my opinion. Unfortunately I have on few occasions ignored a person because their beliefs did not match mine and the way they were coming across was rather condescending. But I took those experiences with me and learned that everyone is different and was raised different so of course everyone will have a different belief system and just won't quite know how to properly communicate it. So now I pride myself in my ability to be empathetic towards those who are having troubles because understanding someone is the biggest step to take towards helping them.

  39. Love is Trust and Faith by Shirley

    Kaylee (#8)
    I found this essay extremely interesting. I agree with a lot of the points made in it. It talked about how we all must love unconditionally and always have faith in people. It talks about having the belief someone can change even when all the odds are against them. I found this essay to be really open and inspirational.

  40. Anonymous7:51 AM CDT

    (8) DQ#5
    I have been told by many i am a good listener, the trouble for me is not being quiet or listening but rather speaking up.

  41. Anonymous7:55 AM CDT

    (8) DQ#5
    I have been told by many i am a good listener, the trouble for me is not being quiet or listening but rather speaking up.

  42. (8) Adam, Kayliegh, Sophia:
    Our group discussed experiences with sharing our beliefs. Though each of us have shared our convictions with others at times before, we agreed that the main difficulty is the vulnerability to criticism.

  43. I have already begun thinking about preferred topics for the mid-term & would like to start discussing options with others. Topics of interest to me:
    Disc Golf
    The Beatles
    Wizard of Oz
    Disney (should we pick just one?)
    Francis Bacon

    Comment on here, email me ksophiabritt@gmail.com, chat with me in/after class or send a carrier pigeon if you are interested in these topics.

  44. Katelin Simmons10:56 PM CDT

    ( Section 11)

    I enjoyed this essay thoroughly because of how free the author felt once her head was shaved, and also how she dealt with the reactions of others afterward.

  45. Samantha Smith5:37 PM CDT

    Section 11_ My group talked about TIB essays about fighting fear and thriving through depression. Then we talked briefly about our personal beliefs and philosophies. We also discussed how the view of the Earth as a pale blue dot makes us think wider about human existence but doesn't necessarily change how we deal with what is right in front of us.

  46. My group discussed our response to the question, "Have you ever shared your beliefs in public?". Two out of three of our group members have shared their beliefs. Our main concerned seemed to be the possibility of getting into a situation where we could cause conflict. We do not mind sharing when everyone seems to be open-minded, but the thought of provoking drama. (Tuesday,Thursday: 8am)

  47. 8- http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4155/

    "Live Your Life So That You Will Have No Regrets"
    I loved this essay by Nancy Yucius. Her story is very touching and intriguing. Even though she was diagnosed with cancer and may have less than a year, she still wants to live her life to the fullest with her family and friends. This made me ask myself, how would I feel If I was told I had a year left to live? Will I have any regrets?
    DQ 1- I am more of an active person rather than a sedentary person. I always love the outdoors and nature. Walking/running, and hiking are the best activities to do on a lovely fall day.
    DQ 5- Am I a good listener? Yes! I love listening to others regardless if I think they are wrong, stupid, etc.. I'd much rather listen than to talk!

  48. 8. Chris Ferran
    Discussion Questions
    1. I would attend Aristotles school because they got to walk and interact with other people
    2. For me it varies. Some days I would rather be active but other days I would just want to rest.
    3. I went to a camp over the summer for a few years and we did a lot of fun things like swim and play sports all day.
    4.I go to a church and sometimes we would do a toy store where people would come and get free toys and we would share our beliefs then.
    5. I think I am a good listener for the most part. Sometimes I do zone out.
    6. We as a nation are sort of intolerant but are becoming more and more tolerant every day.
    Alternative Quiz Questions
    1. Who wrote the article?
    2.Where does Christopher Orlet work often appear?
    3. Who says walking remains for me the best “of all exercises.”
    4. What was Einsteins home address?
    5. Where was Einsteins office located?
    6. How far did Einstein have to walk to get between his house and his office?
    7. Who said “walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active.”
    8. Who was a soft flabby man who made light of his lack of exercise?

    1. Heather Deal12:19 PM CST

      Section 9
      Answers to Chris Ferran's Alternative Quiz Questions:
      1. Christopher Orlet
      2. The American Spectator, The London Guardian, and Salon.com
      3. Thomas Jefferson
      4. 112 Mercer Street
      5. Fuld Hall at Princeton University
      6. a mile and a half
      7. Mark Twain
      8. Stephen J. Gould

  49. Heather Deal12:08 PM CST

    Section 9
    Alternate Quiz Questions:
    1. What breed of dog did Charles Darwin take with him whenever he roamed the 'thinking path' every morning and afternoon?
    2. Who said, "all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking"?
    3. In which decade did the amount of walking take a major nosedive due to the rise of automobiles?
    4. Who mused that "modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness"?
    5. Which philosopher walked an estimated 250,000 miles within his lifetime?

    1. 1. white fox-terrier
      2. Friedrich Nietzsche
      3. 1950s
      4. Rebecca Solnit
      5. Henry David Thoreau

  50. 9- ALternate Quiz Questions

    1. What Latin proverb summed up the Romans' opinion of walking?
    2. Who discovered the DNA molecule and is a nature-lover?
    3. Is there a scientific connection between walking and thinking?
    4. Who believed "he'd walk himself into his best thoughts?
    5. Walking began to fall off as transportation and recreation in what time period?

    1. 1. It is solved by walking.
      2. James Watson
      3. Yes
      4. Søren Kierkegaard
      5. In the 1950s

  51. DQ #2
    I am by far an active person, I love being in the outdoors/nature. My grandfather has property out in the middle of nowhere, and whenever my family goes out there, we always go for really long walks in the woods just to enjoy the beauty of the creation. I can get to a point where I will actually get sick if I am not outside enough.

  52. Devin Willis5:17 PM CST

    8-Devin Willis
    1.I probably wouldn't have been in his class just because I would rather learn about Christ instead.
    2.I find myself in between, but I would prefer to walk outside if I had completed my daily tasks.
    3.The most memorable outdoor experience I've had is just being outside with the whole neighborhood playing basketball. It would at least be 20 to 30 people outside at any given time.
    4.I haven't so far but I do want to be an evangelist.
    5. Yes I believe I am a good listener.
    6. Yes I would agree to that but I feel as if we have always been in that state of mind, and we have never been able to overcome our differences.

  53. DQ #2
    10- Kevin
    1. It would be Aristotle because he believed in empiricism which is all knowledge is acquired through experience.
    2. I consider myself a sedentary person. If it was a somewhat cool day I would go outside do some activities, but if it's cold I would probably stay inside since I hate the cold.
    3. When I went to Miami for the first time with my friends, and we got explore the city, go to the zoo, and seek adventure was the best for me.
    4.No because in this day of age people have the right to believe what they believe. I'm not going to change that even though they have a different belief.
    5. Yes and no I tried to be open as best I can, but at the same time if I could tell that person is wrong I'm going to speak up and tell them they're wrong and why.
    6.Ah yes I strongly believe we do live in world where people think they are never wrong, or refuse to listen or be open-minded. Sometimes you can only have a civil argument with someone who is intellectual about the topic instead of an idiot who has no idea what they're talking about.

  54. Section 9 - Ivana
    I consider myself an active person. On a fall day I would go out for a walk or swim, can not let a beautiful day go to waste.

    My most memorable outdoor experience was when I was kid and my cousins and I would go out to go biking around the neighborhood.

    I am a great listener and I try to understand others beliefs even though I do not agree with them.

    Yes we do live in a time of intolerance.

  55. Alexus Uqdah (8)


    1) I would have loved to attend Aristotle's school because the idea of being able to interact with people and different theories of life while roaming around is really interesting. I cannot wait to recreate the same experience in class.

    2) I consider myself a more active person. I love to walk and participate in outdoor activities and sports. I actually choose to walk to school most days instead of driving. It is about a 15-20 minute walk since I stay off campus, but I have found that the fresh air and time to myself keeps me from stressing.

    3) My most memorable outdoor experience was about 5 years ago. For our annual family reunion, we all went on a huge family camping trip off the Tennessee River. There were so many different activities incorporated into that trip. A couple that I really enjoyed was fishing, hiking, swimming, family kickball, soccer, and a huge tournament my uncle "created' called Survival of the fittest. It incorporated a series of activities that each person tried to do be the best at, starting with teams and ending with the last man standing. It resembled task like off of the hit show Survivor, if that gives you an idea of how intense the task could get.

    4) I guess in a way I have always tried to share my beliefs in larger and smaller groups depending on the occasions. I never really mind sharing my beliefs in front of people, but I know sometimes people don't agree with me though.

    5) I am a good listener. I wanna say I have always been, but this past election did test my limits. I don't tend to try to force people to just see things my way and I am open to hearing why people view things their way. Also, I love to use the phrase, "Let's just agree to disagree" instead of continuously arguing a particular point for extended periods of time.

    6) Yes, I do agree. I feel like a majority of people feel insulted when you disagree with them and they take it extremely personal at times. I think in this time, people are having to monitor or limit what they say or believe in fear of offending someone. Even in class, it has become common for teachers to dismiss certain topics because of how strong opposing views can be instead of teaching students how to disagree peacefully or come to some form of agreement. I live in an apartment with 3 other roommates, one of my own roommates won't speak to me anymore because of opposing views we had in a conversation a few weeks ago. That is just how offended people can get, which I understand. I guess a person's view on something can be extremely personal to an extent, but I think if we didn't consistently deny the ability to (respectfully) discuss different views in schools without fearing how someone would take it then people wouldn't get so offended when presented with opposing views in different situations and would better be able to handle it.

  56. I am very much so a person that will choose to stay inside on a pretty day in the summer, but if there's a nice day outside in winter or spring I am very likely to go out and walk my dog.

  57. Taylor McCutcheon (Section 8)
    D.Q. #5
    Unfortunately, I do agree that we live in a time of intolerance to others' points of view. I find it sad that people have to keep their opinions and beliefs to themselves because they are afraid of the judgement they will inevitably face, or the ensuing argument. People have forgotten how to have calm, intelligent conversation. We live in an age where people think they are never wrong. If we continue to live with this mentality, we will never overcome our differences, and we as people will only divide more.

  58. Lucy Haston (8)


    2. One of my favorite things to do is take a long walk and just think about things. I tend to find answers I didn't know I was even looking for. It also motivates me to be creative when I come home from the walk. I do a lot of walking every day because I do not typically drive to school. It's a good time to process the day and what I learned in class, etc.

    3. My most memorable outdoor experience was a very hot day several summers ago. I went to a swimming hole with several friends, and we spent almost the entire day swimming and talking about everything.

    4. I tend to discuss my beliefs in smaller groups with people I trust, but occasionally I will share them with a larger audience. A lot of that happens through social media. If I were to continue to share my beliefs with a larger audience, I would like for that to be through my writing, whether that be through song, poetry, prose, etc.

    5. In small groups or one on one, I am a good listener. But sometimes I feel as though I'm just good at pretending to be a good listening, haha. I show all the signs of listening, but that doesn't alway mean I am. In general, though, I consider myself a good listener.

    6. It seems that people now are more likely to block out differing opinions. It is fairly easy to find outlets that cater to your opinions and to block out the ones that don't. On social media, you can literally block a person with whom you don't agree. This limits a person's exposure to other beliefs and opinions. They do not even try to understand the other side. They might not even know what the other side is! (They may know of rumors and such, but not the true beliefs and opinions of others.) They leave no room for thought or growth. They stay in a little bubble, unaware of what's around. And when they do encounter other opinions, they become outraged because they are scared and don't know how to deal with difference of opinion. In short, people really should be more open to discussion and new thoughts.

  59. 10
    1. I would prefer Aristotle's schools since his works largely influenced the growth of scientific observation.

    2. I haven't really expressed my core beliefs in public unless I felt that it was a comfortable setting. It is stressful when you express your beliefs and people will feel that your beliefs are inferior to theirs even when you try to explain your logic.

    3. I consider myself to be a good listener since I usually try to empathize with people. If am hungry I am a horrible listener.

    4. I believe that we do live in a time of incivility. Many people cant accept that people have viewpoints other than their own and will lash out because of it to make people fearful of being who they want to be. It makes these people feel like they have created order in the world when really they are just causing more chaos.

  60. 10
    1. I do enjoy the outdoors, but I never really spend time outside when school is in session because of all the studying

  61. 8 - D.Q.
    2. I feel as though I am a more active person. When the weather is nice, I enjoy spending time outside reading God's word, books that dig deeper into God's word, and spending time with friends playing sports.
    3. My most memorable outdoor experience was one with my best friend. We went on a walk on this nature trail near our houses, and talked for for a good hour and a half about life, God, school, work, and joked around. The time I spent with her that day on that walk reminded me of how amazing and wonderful she is.
    4. Absolutely I've shared my beliefs in public. God has called us to share His love and His word through time in community with one another, and it's through discussions about what it is we believe and feel convicted about, that we are able to grow surface level friendships into those deep meaningful relationships.
    5. I am a good listener, and I'm always happy to hear people vent or lay burdens upon me. I'm happy to listen to the reasons why others don't believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died for all our sins. It gives me an opportunity to hear their heart, and be able to show them God's abounding love and grace. God uses people to advance His kingdom, and it's so amazing to be a part of that in someone's life when they come to talk about their beliefs, struggles, happiness, and life overall.

  62. Anonymous11:47 PM CST

    Section 10 DeTrayce Sawyers
    2.I consider myself an active person because I enjoy playing sports like basketball, softball, and tennis to name a few. I am more active during the summer because it is usually nice enough to do many activities.
    3. My first swim meet is the most memorable outdoor experience that I have had. I was so nervous because all of my friends came to watch, and I thought I would do horrible. It ended up being one of the best days for me, and I was able to share that with my friends.
    5. I would say that I am a good listener. I try to listen to other viewpoints. I may disagree with something, but I find sometime disrespectful to completely dismiss someone's belief's. It can be tough to understand the viewpoint of others if it is something that I feel very strongly about.
    6. Yes, we do. It is common for an argument to occur when people share a difference in opinion. We do not have to agree, but being civil when debating an issue or topic is becoming increasingly rare.

  63. Laura Trent #9
    1. I have the desire to be an active person, but i don't have the time to be outside as much as i would like.
    2. I would say I'm a decent listener, i definitely don't shut out the views of others simply because i disagree.
    3. my most memorable outdoor experience was probably seeing Red Rock, or Pike's Peak. both were extremely beautiful, i also enjoyed seeing real snow for the first time.

  64. Eric Jefferson2:53 AM CST

    9 D.Q

    1. I would have been apart of Aristotle's school because i would have enjoyed going out to discuss things and observing the people and nature.

    2. I do consider myself a active person. I would like to take advantage of a nice day and get out and do things even if i was just to go and sit and chat.

    3. One of the most memorable experiences I have of going outdoors is when me and a couple of my friends drove to Smyrna and hiked around Percy Priest lake until we found the perfect spot to sit up our enos. We sat outside and talked about childhood or anything that was on our minds.

    4.I have never expressed my beliefs to anyone unless I was asked how I about the subject and even then i usually will keep my opinions to myself because people are not really accepting of others that have different opinions from them on controversial topics.

    5. I would say I am a good listener. I usually let others explain how they feel or express their feelings on a subject before i either agree disagree with them.

    6. To an extent I do believe that way live in a time of intolerance. There are a few people who are comfortable with others sharing their beliefs or opinions on topics and there are others who will immediately disagree with someone or dismiss them because they do not agree with them.

  65. 8
    My most memorable outdoor experiences were as a child. I grew up on a property that used to be a farm, and everyday my siblings and I would go out and explore the land. Sometimes we would dare to travel a little further out into the retired pasture, and other times we would build bridges and forts along the creek. I think that fresh air is the best for clearing and cleansing the mind, if only I would get out and do it more as an adult!

  66. #9

    1. Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?

    I definitely would of liked to have attended both of the great philosopher's school. I believe I would of received great insight into the minds of two of the greatest philosophers that have ever lived.

    2. Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)

    I would consider myself to mostly be an active person. While I do like sitting around and doing "nothing" like watching TV or playing video games, I get much greater satisfaction from going out and getting something meaningful accomplished.

    3. What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?

    The first memorable moment outdoors that comes to mind is when I went to Rock Island State Park to get some drone footage. I ended up being blown away by the scenery and the footage I captured before my drone crashed.

    4. Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public? (Ifyes, would you say you did it in a spirit of evangelism and proselytizing, or in a philosophical way? What's the difference? And if no, why not?)

    I try to avoid heated talks of different beliefs between people, but I definitely like a well educated conversation with other individuals who may even differ from my beliefs.

    5. Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)

    I like to think I am a good listener. I try to look at everything from multiple perspectives before I start forming my own opinion.

    6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

    I think we live in the most peaceful time for human civilization there has ever been. Less wars are being fought, far less human casualties from other humans, and extremist beliefs are far less common then ever before.

  67. #10-
    1. Would you like to have attended Aristotle's school, Plato's, neither, or both? Why?
    I would have liked to attend both Aristotle's and Plato's school. I am not entirely sure which direction I agree with more as far as their philosophies, so it would be really interesting to learn from both view points.

    2. Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)
    Yes, normally. I always feel like I want to be more active, however, and would love to continue to grow in that area.

    3. What's the most memorable outdoor experience you've ever had?
    My best friends and I go camping as a tradition every 6 months or so, and this past time was the most memorable and enjoyable time I've ever had camping. We basically just rode around on a little fishing boat all day, laughing constantly.

    4. Have you ever attempted to share your beliefs, convictions, core principles (etc.) in public? (Ifyes, would you say you did it in a spirit of evangelism and proselytizing, or in a philosophical way? What's the difference? And if no, why not?)
    Growing up in a very christian home, at times I had to share my beliefs in public. For example, at church or on a mission trip. Yes, I would say it was in an evangelical way, due to the nature of the trip/testimony. However, I think it was also somewhat philosophical, because I never spoke at people, we were always taught to engage people in conversation.

    5. Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)
    I hope I'm a good listener. I love hearing other people's view points!

    6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

  68. 9 - Stone Jones

    6. Do you agree that we live in a time of intolerance and incivility, when it comes to dissenting points of view?

    I wouldn't say that we live in a time that is really more intolerant than any other, but I would say we live in a time where people are more hostile towards objecting points of view. I believe this is because people look at a different point of view as an attack on their own beliefs, and in turn they feel the need to rush to defend their ideas rather than listen and consider others' ideas.

  69. Cayce Morris (9)

    I would definitely say I am more of an active person. Growing up, I always played sports. Nowadays, I enjoy hiking and walking my two dogs. The most memorable outdoor experience I had was about 2 years ago when I took a trip to Nicaragua. Our guide woke us up at about 5 in the morning to go hiking up a favorite mountain of his. Still recovering from a stomach bug I had gotten on the trip, I was not in the best of moods to hike several miles up a mountain before the sun itself was even up. I remember while we were climbing up the mountain, neither me or any of my friends spoke, because we were so tired and just wanted to crawl back into bed. However, when we reached the very top of the mountain, our moods drastically changed. The view was incredible. You could see for miles and miles. After thinking to myself and enjoying the view, I realized our guide was completely right. The view was always worth it.

  70. As one may discover, Aristotle's followers were called Peripatetic Philosophers. However, a good tag-along question would be to ask "why"?

    This is because he would constantly discuss things with his followers along tree-covered pathways called "Peripatos".

  71. My favorite outdoor memory comes from one of my favorite places to walk/run: Mammoth Lakes, California. Home to a multitude of geographical landmarks, running up the side of Mammoth mountain is no easy task, but at its summit, the view is breathtaking. Miles upon miles of land can be seen in the summer, as well as the massive valley that lies on the other side. One of the great landmarks at Mammoth is called "Panorama Dome", where one literally gets a panoramic view of the mountain ranges on one side, and the small town on the opposite side.

  72. 1) I love talking to people about how they see the world and talking about how to treat people and how different cultures lived and how their societies worked and that kind of thing, so I would like to have gone to the school, yes.

    3) The most memorable outdoor experiences that I have had have been squirrel hunting on my grandfathers farm. It's less about the hunt and more bout being out n nature camouflaged so they come out and play and not see you at all. I have fallen asleep multiple times to the sounds of birds chirping, and squirrels chattering in the tops of the tall poplar trees.

    4) when I share my beliefs with people, it depends on the situation whether or not it is just a philosophical or evangelical situation. I share in both ways, but in both situations I make it known that if the other person is interested he/she can ask more, and I would be happy to tell them my story, and how I found Christ, and how he has changed my life.

    5) It is hard to talk to people who are not good listeners, and I feel that I have a strong sense of a true "two-sided" conversation in that I actually try to listen more than I talk when I talk to people. I have been around people, and I know we all have who think that a conversation is you listening to them talk at you, and no matter who you are, and what you prefer, that is not a pleasant experience for anyone!

    6) I believe that we live in a time where "you can believe whatever you want to believe". And while that theoretically would drive a more peaceful, understanding, and loving culture, the reality is that now the understood thought that seems to blanket our culture is that "I will accept you, hang out with you, have fun with you, even love you as long as you don't mention politics, religion, and sexuality". And I think that has led to a violent and divided culture.

  73. Anonymous1:44 PM CST

    "Are you a good listener? (Do you try to understand the points of view of those who disagree with your beliefs, or do you simply dismiss them as just wrong?)"

    I consider myself a great listener. I always tend to see the other individual's perspective without trying to align it with my own.

    -William Deaver Section 10

  74. Anonymous2:15 PM CST

    "Do you consider yourself an active or a sedentary person, by preference? (If given a choice, on a lovely Fall day, would you rather stay in and play video games or go out for a walk/hike/run/bikeride/swim/etc.?)"

    I prefer to stay indoors most of the time, however I do enjoy a walk every now and then.

    -William Deaver Section 10

  75. Tristin
    Section 10
    So we talked about whether we are an active person or sedentary person. We talked about it would depend on the person we were with. If we were with someone who was our friend we would be outside or if we would we inside if we were with family. We also talked about to spending more time outside, and how we feel more alive and that we can feel like we escape our responsibilities. It's almost like we live freely.

  76. Caroline Pyles9:11 AM CST

    In my group (myself and Yonathan) we talked about why neither of us walk often or like walking much. We both prefer to do things on our computers and think best when we are sitting and doing what we like to do. When I walk or go hiking I am not thinking of things, I am just experiencing what I'm seeing.

  77. 10
    Leah Magdal
    Ethan Jones
    Dynesha Love

    In my group we had slightly different choices on what schools we would prefer to go to based on what their teachings would reside around. Two of us preferred outside depending on if we had time too and one preferred inside because of different interests.