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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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April 8, 2022

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

I spent the past few months investigating Artificial Intelligence (AI). Though it resides far outside of my educational background, AI actually affects nearly every field. More importantly, however, is how little understood it is. I have asked numerous people to define it, but in response I get a handful of vague answers. Encyclopedia Britannica says that it is “the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings.” It often includes thought processes such as reasoning,

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March 11, 2022

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

Last week marked the end of HMU’s Winter Film Series. I cannot express how much I love this series. If you were unable to join us, never fear, we will host another film series next winter. In the meantime, the following thoughts resulted from this wonderful discussion.

As usual, leader Gary Schoepfel opened discussion with some quotations focused on the idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Film Discussion  »

February 11, 2022

Thanks to Gabriel E. Etienne, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

The movie Moonlight is a coming-of-age story that details the complexity of the journey of boyhood to manhood of the character Little/Black/Chiron through the issues of authentic Blackness and hegemonic masculinity (Johnson 2003). This review uses the concepts of Quiet and Silence to view and understand the movie Moonlight.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Quiet and Silence in Moonlight  »

February 4, 2022

Thanks to Jaya Upadhyay, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

What does a poet mean when he says, “I am not contained between my hat and boots,” but then adds, “If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles?” What does it mean to exist beyond the boundaries of one’s body while remaining retrievable from beneath one’s feet? What, more importantly, should a mind that has arrived at that knowledge pursue in his writings?

 » Read more about: Whitman’s Grass and the Ground of Consciousness  »

January 28, 2022

Thanks to Rebecca L. Thacker, a 2021 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

As we enter the new year, as per usual the media is filled with “year-in-review” articles and listicles: the year’s best books, tv, movies, and music, the top ten highlights of 2021, those we’ve lost in 2021. The Associated Press’s Year in Review features articles on the January 6 insurrection,

 » Read more about: Literature as “Artivism”: The Exonerated  »

January 21, 2022

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

I have written about George Orwell’s novel 1984 in the past on this blog (see the links at the end of this post), but never the film. Today’s post focuses on the film adaptation, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The film stars John Hurt playing Winston and Richard Burton as O’Brien. (This film is the first of three discussions in our Winter Film Series which is dedicated to the great idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four  »

September 11, 2020

Thanks to Dean Coslovi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

“Among my writings my Zarathustra stands by itself. With this book I have given mankind the greatest gift it has ever been given.” – Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche.

In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche has his enlightened character, Zarathustra, proclaim to a town of simple villagers,

 » Read more about: Nietzsche’s Overman  »

June 21, 2019

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

Read Lalucq’s full poem from Fortino Sámano here: https://poets.org/poem/fortino-samano

Bergson’s Creative Evolution: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26163/26163-h/26163-h.htm

For our upcoming Quarterly Discussion, we will discuss a selection from Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution. I had such a difficult time narrowing down this reading because there are so many wonderful avenues to take.

 » Read more about: Traces of Bergson  »

October 14, 2016

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

“So come out of your cave walking on your hands/ And see the world hanging upside down/ You can understand dependence when you know the maker’s land” – Mumford and Sons, “The Cave”

“Without pride or delusion,/ the fault of attachment overcome,/ intent on the self within,/ their desires extinguished,/ freed from dualities,/ from joy and suffering,/ undeluded men/ reach that realm beyond change.” (The Bhagavad Gita,

 » Read more about: The World Upside Down  »

June 10, 2016

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

Letting the mind wander allows for thought development, but the mind must maintain a force, a desire to trace that thought. To be present with a single thought, live in it and travel with it. This idea of presence draws us in a single direction, but seems to disregard time and space. Instead, we are to focus on one idea,

 » Read more about: To Be Present  »

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