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“One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another”*…



There comes a moment in every philosophy student’s life, perhaps when struggling through a logic set or trying to parse some impenetrable Derrida essay, that the inevitable question comes up: What’s the point? A new philosophy paper, published in the June 2018 edition of the Journal of Practical Ethics, argues that there isn’t one.

At least, there’s not a singular coherent point that the field is working towards. Whereas history is clearly focused on understanding our past and biology is devoted to explaining living organisms, there’s some confusion as to philosophy’s purpose. There are clear themes of course, such as the meaning of life, and what constitutes reality. But the subject is huge and sprawling, encompassing questions about metaphysics, epistemology, language, and ethics, among others. Is the point of philosophy to unravel the nature of the universe, or how we know what we know, or the role of language, or answer some other great question?…

Find out why (and whether it matters) at “What’s the point of philosophy? A new philosophy paper says there isn’t one.

* René Descartes


As we wax philosophical, we might recall that it was on this date in 1961 that Billboard Magazine reported that the teenage dance craze, The Twist, was being picked up by the adult crowd in Philadelphia.

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July 14, 2018 at 1:01 am

Who ya gonna call?…

…From whoiseyevan (Ivan Guerrero), who has also graced Youtube with retro trailers for Raiders of the Lost Arc and Forest Gump, with more “pre-makes” to come…

As we realize that William Bendix was the pre-incarnation of Jerry Seinfeld, we might recall Chubby Checker’s useful advice: “Try stubbing out cigarettes with both feet while rubbing your back with a towel”– his classic, “The Twist,” reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on this date in 1960.

(In fact, Chubby’s version was a cover of a song written and originally released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side (to “Teardrops on Your Letter”); it scratched the charts in early 1960– but it was the Mr. Checker [Ernest to his parents, Mr. and Mrs Evans of Spring Gulley, S.C.] who created the craze.)

source: RateYourMusic.com

Best International Talk Like a Pirate Day wishes to all…
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