The UM Philosophy Society Blog

Monday, September 20, 2004

Conventional Wisdom

Losing my car is quite possibly one of the better things that happened to me this semester. It is a killer story, makes room for a lot of laughter on a lot of different levels and it kicked my sleeping schedule and sleeping attitude back in order. It also made me realize just how nice the UM Bookstore manager is. He gave me the money I had to pay for the books I lost back.
I also got a bike out of the deal which, however crappy, is unbeatable in the "Where did you get that?" department. Beides, someone out there is enjoying quite the joyride. If not that, I mean, if someone was low enough to have stolen my car, shit, I am glad I could help.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

What is this shit? --humor

OK, I think I have had it with the student life. I have no time to eat, to sleep, to invest in somebody, or to drink. If I sleep, I have to skip breakfast, if I eat, I have to skip class. If I skip work, ooh, that would free up time, I would be homeless, out of school and starving in no time. But working does get in the way of eating. Forget cooking, even running to the Market or the bloody Foodcourt is a luxury I can't afford sometimes. The candy on the Bookstore's receptionist desk where I work will just have to do for now.
And then I wonder, What's with the other job I have? I go to meetings to complain about other meetings that consisted of whining about the meetings to come. Nothing ever gets done, people get pissed--lives are lost. I feel horrible.
This just isn't for me.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

A Tribute to Justin--(self-advice, written to self, never meant for public view)

Does it have to have a name?
Related thought: Being articulate

One takes on the mode of being of what he does
(occurred when dusting—repeated)

There is no reality except in action (be action-oriented)

Talking a specific person’s language (mine, yours, Tom’s)

Asking the right questions

Getting over things through dialectic

Warrenizing it

Everyone is allowed ONCE

There is truth to be touched at every corner of existence.

Exceptional people do exceptional things.

Learning one thing at expense of another

Be whoever you are “with a vengeance.”

Do Everything you can to better yourself

Obstacles are those little horrifying things you see once you lose sight of your goal

It’s only when you’ve lost everything, that you are free to do anything

Never neglect music

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A project to contemplate

As one of my ex-girlfriends loves to say, "philosophers don't really do anything" implying that we just sit around reading and writing obscure papers based on other philosohers' obscure papers and books.

Of course in many respects philosophers need to be cut off from society in order to do their work - getting away from the constant stimuli/imagery of the everyday life to cultivate the focus and concentration needed for understanding of complex concepts. It is the same with many professions, from artists to scientists.

But the outcome of this time is perhaps more easily questioned by non-philosophers. Our society conveys almost religious status upon scientists as conveyors of wisdom and artists, well, artists at least make 'stuff' for the public to view and think about.

I would like to propose that philosophers, specifically those of the UM Philosophy Society, create something for the public to view and think about. The only criteria being that it leads viewers to a greater appreciation of philosophy. Perhaps a collaborative effort with artists, specifically the media artists would be a start.


ap·pre·ci·ate: To recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of. To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize.

phi·los·o·phy: Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

Something like the above on a poster may draw attention... but the product is most important! Anyhow, something to contemplate..

Justin Whitaker