Archive for October 2006

Philosophers Aren’t a Modest Bunch: They Argue That Few of Us Would Know Much About Anything If Philosophy Didn’t Know Something About Something

During grad school days in Austin, the wife and I befriended a young philosopher and his wife. He was an expert at a tender age in phenomenology, specifically the ideas of the modern-day French savant, Paul Ricoeur.
Today, you can learn much more about phenomenology than I could tell you by checking with Encyclopædia Britannica. EB [...]

“Metaphors Are Only As Good As Their Interpreters,” Said the Spider to the Starfish Just Before He Flung Him Into the Fire

I’d love to say something positive about the just released The Starfish and the Spider, and so I will before I forget that I intended to. The book is a fun little read if you’d like to revisit the oft-told, winsome startup stories of techno-age successes like eBay and Wikipedia and Skype. I like the [...]

Here’s a Test for You: How Young Were You When You Were First Able to Recognize a Teacher Who Couldn’t Teach?

My own memory is that the skill was becoming well-entrenched by the fourth grade. I can go back through old report cards for confirmation. Classes or subjects in which I received the lowest grades were nearly always classes or subjects where I remember the teacher as being incompetent. It would be easy—and not out of [...]