Archive for 2008

1 year down. More to go …

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Ways to cure “exam hangover”:

1: Have a shower
2: Eat ice-cream, cheap (Thanks Kester)
3: Stuff yourself with Thai in Newtown
4: Watch 80′s Arnie films and laugh with a bunch of guys (Thanks again Kester)
5: All of the above? Priceless

So, I’m here. What next?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Kant thought that you could objectively describe the thinking self. Heidegger realised that the thinking self is involved to the extent that it cannot look back on itself or question it’s existence, because it exists. Why I am here? Well, I’m here, and I can’t tell you about non-hereness. You can’t leave the system in order to describe it from the outside. We are innately and intimately caught up in existence. We are.

From your head to your mouth to someone else’s head

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Communication is a funny thing. When I show you a three-pronged metal thingy used to jab food and put it into your mouth, you know that I’m talking about a fork. In fact, we both know of this thing as a fork. An Italian guy looking at this thing will think “forcella” but the object he is thinking of is the same as the “fork” thing we are thinking of.

Software of the mind …?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Immanuel Kant was a Prussian philosopher in the 18th century. He never really left Konigsberg his whole life.

On of his achievements was ridiculous writing style and the books contained therein, which spoke of his description of the connection between mind and reality.

Exam Challenge!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

For my comrades, I issue this challenge:

In the next two exams (NT and CH), I want you to make reference to Star Wars movie titles. So the following are valid:
A New Hope (ep 4), The Empire Strikes Back (ep 5), Return of the Jedi (ep 6), The Phantom Menace (ep 1), Attack of the Clones (ep 2), Revenge of the Sith (ep 3), and, somewhat reluctantly, Clone Wars.

You will get “bonus points” (read, extra warm fuzzies) if you can reference Obi-wan Kenobi, Qui-gon Jinn, or Mace Windu – especially Mace.

There was a down, but a heck of lot of ups

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Despite lack of company, I went anyway to this …

I don’t often go to see live music, then again I don’t often go out much anyway. But for friends I make exceptions. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Richard and his band are awesome, and I wish I could have had more company for this to share this with. Then I might be able to tell you how the sounds make me feel, exhilarating, sombre, thoughtful, fast, running, real.


Friday, November 7th, 2008

To answer my own question, I try to forge things into systems. Perhaps “self-sustaining units of understanding” might better describe my mental unit of “system”.

What they don’t tell you much here at college is that every subject can be ordered in an optimal-enough way and that getting to that level of understanding is the thing they want you to achieve. I’d like to thank Doylie for helping me come to that realisation. The difference is in how abundantly clear or opaque the lecturer is about that. For example, it’s pretty clear in Greek and Hebrew that they want you to end up reading Greek and Hebrew. But what about Philosophy?


Is understanding David Hohne a gift of the Spirit?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

It’s been interesting chatting to people about what study is happening – then again, that may be because what else do you ask people in the middle of StuVac?

Anyway, my title above is a bit of joke with reference to various peoples grapplings with the subject of philosophy – people contending with the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, amongst others. Some people can interpret tongues …

The question I want to ask is, do you study to pass, or do you study to understand? This is not to say that these two are mutually exclusive, that “mere passing” somehow does not require understanding. I ask because it may probably reveal something about how you hold information together in your head and whether you’ve realised that you think that way. How do you sort out this year’s worth of content into your head and keep it there?

What do you think?

Vicarious Listening

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Richard Maegraith Band – Whisper

This is from the gig referred to in this post.

Lap 1, just before the chicane

Friday, October 31st, 2008

So, with Hebrew safely out of the way, I’m nearly at the end of my first year here. Wow. 6 exams, though, still to come, but all our lectures are over and I’m stuvacing. What a year it’s been – I find it a little hard at times to remember what I might be doing if I weren’t here, I guess that’s how much I’ve gotten used to this place and the relationships made here. It’s been good.

Anyway, I need to fill up my summer break with things to do. I’m up for invites to Christmas parties! Especially if it’s been a while since I’ve spoken! Let me know!