Friday, January 14, 2005

Philosophy is Phun!

I've finally worked out my course schedule in its entirety, having eliminated Quantum Mechanics and Relativity in favor of hopefully less daunting subjects. I am now enrolled in Creative Drama, Writing for the Theatre, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction. The former two are, of course, delightfully theatre-y, and, even better, pertain specifically to playwrighting in one form or another. So those should both be exciting and beneficial. Metaphysics (the philosophy of the nature of reality) is a far preferable alternative to Quantum Mechanics, and although I missed this week's lecture, and the reading a bit dense and difficult (we're currently looking at the nature of truth, a rather slippery topic to look in the face), the seminar yesterday was glorious and envigorating as philosophy never fails to be for me. What's more, my mention of it in the flat sparked off a four-hour long debate late into last night regarding realism, free will, parallel dimensions, and the like. Which was awesome. I haven't attended a Science Fiction class yet, but it seems like it will be a pretty interesting topic of study.

Yesterday's activities also included a trip to the chaplain's house in the nearby countryside for snacks, tomato soup, and a movie (we ended up watching Casablanca). I met some really neat people, and now know the times during the week for their meeting group, called Skeptics Anonymous. The chaplain is a pretty hilarious and very friendly guy. So all in all yesterday was a very high-excitement day.

Tonight I head over a few hours west to stay with a family for the weekend through Arcadia's homestay program. Should be much fun, provided I can get ahold of the other girls I'm supposed to be going with, including the one with the tickets. But that means I probably won't be reachable over the weekend until I return around 7 or so Sunday night. I'm sure I'll have lots of exciting stories once I do return, though. Happy weekend to all of you!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of Napoleon Dynamite: "Uh... LUCKY!"

You're making me jealous! There are few things in the world I wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall in a lecture like that. I'm in the process of driving my co-workers and friends insane by constantly dragging them into metaphysical conversations they had no desire to be in anyway. Books just aren't cutting it these days, I need the fresh exchange of thought between one thinking human being and another. Envy, envy, envy. Be forwarned, when you return I intend to revive our practice of intellectual head butting on a new and profound level!

Untill then, enjoy yourself! You deserve it.


8:33 PM  
Blogger Knightley said...

Skeptics Anonymous? Metaphysics? Four-hour discussions? Truth? Reality? Exchange rate mastery? Oh man. I can see that I need to save some coffee money for your next visit.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you'd do me a favor, would you save any notes or handouts you have on ontology, epistemology, teleology et al (having to do with metaphysics)? Also, since you've read Moby Dick, would you save up some conversation for me concerning metaphysics and Moby Dick? I'll be teaching Moby Dick next year, and I am always looking for new insights on it. I am sure I'll eventually bend Coach Dorman's ear quite a bit. Oh, and why would I be teaching something like Moby Dick? Well, I'll be teaching AP Lit next year! I am really looking forward to that.

Another course I'll be teaching is Film Studies II, which I'll actually design. Please feel free to lend me your thoughts on this. I intend to take slices of everything to do with film and theater/theatre and incorporate them into the course. I also intend to have quite a few guest speakers - I was thinking at least ten through the year. If you have a bit of time, I'd love to have you speak.

So, my schedule in full: 2 courses of Film Studies I, 1 course of Film Studies II, 2 courses of Yearbook/Publications, and 1 AP Literature and Comp course. We are on a 4 x 4 block schedule of 80 minute classes. On "A" days we have periods 1 - 4; and on "B" days we have 5 - 8.

Well, that's all for now. Anne and I send our love.

Uncle Frank

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I must say, after reading some other responses to your blogs, I am quite hurt. I usually never admit to stooping to tactics such as these, but I feel it's time to stoop and come clean at the same time. If you are ever traveling with Coach Dorman, he'll steal your toothpaste. And then - to add insult to injury - he'll insult the way your toothpaste! Yes, he has done exactly that to me in the paste. So, I strongly urge you to not accept any ramblings he has on existensialism and dental floss. There's only a tenuous thread that connects the two.

Still, I must admit, it is good hearing from/of him through this bizarre portal. Considering his non-technological self and wife have never answered my various e-mails (must have me on the block list?), it's good to keep up in some fashion or another.

Take care (all) -

Uncle Frank

5:45 AM  
Blogger GrandpaFred said...

Isn't faith fascinating? You speak of loneliness, unnamed fears and perhaps a sense of impending doom; wondering why you are so far away and for what purpose? Yet you are not far away, rather nearer your God instead. I have had and lived with all of those feelings at different times in my now lengthy life. I make no claim to being a religous man, but am firmly convinced that there is a God in some concept that only requires I believe that to be so. At one point in my life I was assailed by feelings of doubt, lack of direction and fear of what the turn in the road, the impending dawn, the results of my life, would bring to me. Attempting to cope with this by myself was of no avail. The doubts and apprehensions about all sorts of mysterious unnamed things gave me no surcease and my thoughts were assailed by my own imaginings. At some point in my life, and I cannot tell you when precisely, I came to a decision that if there were a God then I should trust to him what would happen in my life and it was as if a great weight was lifted off of me. I attempt to be the best person I know how to be, to learn from - yet not relive - my past mistakes and to accept my place in life and the assurance that if I attempt to do what is fundamentally right and treat both myself and others with respect and dignity as should be accorded, then my life will be led and protected. It seems to work!

Aside from that enjoy the best of what there is out there for you and explore the new experiences of what great vistas of life have been opened to you. Such a great opportunity for you and isn't it grand to meet new people and have new experiences in life. Was it Heracles that said: "you can never walk in the same river twice?"

It is great to read of your daily adventures and I am glad that you are having such an interesting time over there. I hope that you find time to visit Yorkshire and York as I found them to be fascinating places! Ahhh, you shall come back to this little colony of America so much embellished by your journey and isn't it what journeys are for?



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