Memento Response

Blog Prompt 17: (choose one) Leonard relies upon scribbled notes to connect him to his past. He says that eyewitness testimony is worthless: “Memory can change the shape of a room…” Is he right? Do you think our memories are more reliable than his notes? Hume says identity is just a habit we have. Do … Continue reading Memento Response


Hume Blog Response

Blog Prompt 16: Hume believes that the self is an illusion or a fiction. What is his argument? Do you find it convincing? Why or why not?   Hume believes the self is an illusion because you cannot observe it directly, merely the perception of it. "I never catch myself at any time without a … Continue reading Hume Blog Response

Response to Descartes Meditations

I feel as though Descarte has undefined views on our reality and what is "real". Without changing that supposition I find that I only leave myself certain of the fact that I am somewhat. Here Descarte speaks of his consciousness and how he can determine that we are something, but offers no answers. He put forth a … Continue reading Response to Descartes Meditations

Marley and Me and Tolstoy

I believe Marley and Me is an exceptional example of a form of art by Tolstoy's standards. Marley and Me passionately and elegantly communicate the serenity, joy, and despair evoked from the massive effect a single dog had on the lives of many. Further interpretation can easily surpass the plot of a man and his … Continue reading Marley and Me and Tolstoy

The Ethics of Belief Response

Blog Prompt 4: Reconstruct one of his arguments (not the ship captain example) in standard form. Then evaluate that argument for soundness and validity. What practical significance does Clifford’s thesis have? Do you see any fallacies in Clifford’s reasoning?   p1: The agitators believed atrocious rumors, overlooking hard evidence and retaliating by accusing the religion. … Continue reading The Ethics of Belief Response

Aristotle’s Poetics Comparison (Rachmaninoff P.C.#2)

Rachmaninoff's piano concerto #2 is one of my favorites because of the emotional conveyance through layers of intertwined melodies. Here is my imagery from the piece. It's Begins with a robust character, a Sinbad-like pirate captain sailing for foreign shores to rescue his lover. As the violins of dramatic melancholy flow in, he is thinking of his … Continue reading Aristotle’s Poetics Comparison (Rachmaninoff P.C.#2)

ExistenZ comparison to Platos Theory of Forms

I doubt anyone will get through all this prattling, but here goes. ---------------------------------------------------------- Blog Prompt 8 (Due Sept. 30): How does Existenz, the film, fit into Plato’s hierarchical scheme of reality? How does the game, Trancendenz fit?   But would you call the painter a creator and maker?  Certainly not.Yet if he is not the maker, what … Continue reading ExistenZ comparison to Platos Theory of Forms

Philosophy 300 Response to- “The Will To Believe” (Excerpts)

Blog Prompt 5: Explain the characteristics of a belief that is live, forced, and momentous. Does this belief avoid Clifford’s arguments for evidence? First off, I want to start this entry by saying that I had great difficulty picking a belief that is living, forced, and momentous (other than religion) because all the beliefs I came … Continue reading Philosophy 300 Response to- “The Will To Believe” (Excerpts)

Philosophy 300- Week 3 Post

Valid Argument-False Conclusion: Cats give you cookies, Phil has a cat, Phil has cookies. Valid Argument-True Conclusion: Dragons eat sheep, Smaug is a Dragon, Smaug eats sheep. Sound Argument: Plants eat sunlight, Pine trees are plants, Pine trees eat sunlight. Inductive Argument: I got sick on a cruise, I ate seafood on a cruise, the seafood on the cruise … Continue reading Philosophy 300- Week 3 Post