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Category: Order

We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.

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December 8, 2023

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

In You Are Not A Gadget, Jaron Lanier mentions that early web designers chose files over other organizational systems. Now, information is so regularly compiled into manageable units called files that you probably do not even second guess it. By clicking on the small manila file folder, one is able to see a list of the documents it contains.

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July 2, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“thing within thing up to the very pinnacle of source” – Plotinus

When two mirrors face each other, whatever appears in the mirror seems to endlessly repeat. Actually, light bounces off the surface duplicating the image each time. The endless reflections are all contained within the mirror, which is the main container.

This image helps me to unpack Plotinus’s idea of the way that humans interact with the Intellectual-Principle.

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September 14, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Shakespeare is a favorite topic of mine, and of many of our students. Recently, I read and discussed Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. Though we didn’t have time to compare it to Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde, I wanted to spend a few moments doing just that. Before I do,

 » Read more about: Shakespeare’s Troilus Versus Chaucer’s Criseyde  »

August 3, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Each quarter, Harrison Middleton University hosts a Quarterly Discussion. This discussion is open to students and non-students alike. They focus on a short text which everyone reads prior to the discussion. I thoroughly enjoy these because they give me a chance to break away from my own studies, to focus on something in a small group which is a great listening opportunity.

 » Read more about: Questions on Augustine  »

When you watch a flock of birds, do you wonder…how, exactly, are they moving in tandem? There must exist an energy, invisible, but powerful enough to be experienced by more than one being. Music also contains an energy, rhythm, which individuals sense individually. We each, as they say, ‘walk to the beat of our own drum’. So, how could we create a successful community from various minds, hearts, actions and specialties – without needing a leader?

 » Read more about: LEADERLESS COMMUNITIES  »

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