9.26.2007

Knowing for the sake of knowing isn't really knowing at all. Knowledge requires application. One cannot know how many angels can dance on the head of pin because it has no possible application.

9.21.2007

Academic: Breathing - Imagine your childhood, your parental figure studiously zooming a spoon-plane toward your disinterested mouth-hanger, determined to delver the vegetable-cargo to its appropriate destination. You hate it. You hate him/her for giving you something you hate. You cry, scrunch your face, scream. Ultimately, you eat the nauseating sustenance and eventually grow into a big, strong boy/girl. Those nutrients helped found your current, adult self. Turns out, you like vegetables now. (You might even be a vegetarian.) Imagine that scenario and imagine reading theory--pedagogy, music, writing, quantum or otherwise. Now, keep telling yourself that those scenarios are one in the same.

Social: Breaking - I make an effort, but, admittedly, it's not a good effort. It's not even a mediocre effort. Maintaining friendships comes naturally to me. Establishing new ones doesn't come at all. It goes. Rather quickly.

Personal: Breathing - Despite being a semi-recluse, I'm quite--to use a repulsive hippie-term--at peace with myself. I'm growing a beard. I feel so young here, not that anyone has treated me in a disrespectful manner. (Contrarily, I think people give me way too much credit. Imagine that.) No, I suppose I just feel out of place socially. Everyone is married, has children or spent time in the "real world" before returning for their masters. Anyway...I was having trouble sleeping, so I stopped drinking soda with sugar. Man, that worked like a massive pendulum-like charm. No energy. None. Interestingly (or not), I also cook a lot at home, something I'm never done in the past. (This is turning into a diary-esque post. I feel a little gross.) I'm done.

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something philosophical this way comes

Professors here "dig" the notion that truth is a social construct. But to say that truth is socially constructed poses two interesting conundrums. Foremost, if truth is socially constructed, then society could choose, at some point in its collective life (please note my sarcasm and pure hatred of the term), that truth is not socially constructed. If they cannot do so, then truth is not socially constructed. If you argue that they "can" but it wouldn't change the fact that truth is socially constructed, then you're admitting that truth was not socially constructed in the first place. It was absolute.

Additionally, and I thought this one was obvious to cultural relativists, to say, "Truth is a social construct" is to put the truth value outside of society by making it an absolute statement (this is actually the same point I made in the first part...just slightly different). Actually, the speaker says, "The absolute truth is that 'truth is a social construct.'" Which amounts to nothing more than "A does not equal 'A.'" Oops.

I realize that knowing absolute truth can be tricky if not impossible, but that doesn't mean we can't acknowledge its existence. Alas, this debate is quickly leaving the realm of philosophy and moving into politics. I'm too tired to discuss the politics of this issue right now. Maybe later. Maybe never. I can never know for sure. (muahaha)

9.08.2007

I'm currently wearing orange. I'm on my way to a football game. Go tigers.