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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.


February 16, 2024

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

Every January, our Quarterly Discussion centers around Natural Science. Since I was recently reading Carlo Rovelli’s book Anaximander and the Birth of Science, I decided to focus this discussion on the rift between science and philosophy. This is a subject which Rovelli writes about extensively. Honestly, I don’t fully understand the discord, so I used this discussion to better comprehend the places where science and philosophy meet as well as the places which cause the most debate.

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December 1, 2023

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

We’ve all done it. Looking for quick information on some random subject, we inevitably turn to Wikipedia. Created in 2001, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia open to edits, a collaborative effort. Merriam-Webster defines “wiki” as “a website that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections.” Merriam-Webster also claims that the first use of wiki is in 1995 (Wikipedia itself,

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September 22, 2023

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

For me, Aristotle’s Poetics is less about advice for the writer than it is about defining structures. By that, I mean that Aristotle wants us to understand how to produce good art that expresses an important aspect of human nature. He goes so far as to define individual letters as necessary grammatical units which sustain the larger infrastructure.

 » Read more about: Translating Aristotle’s Poetics  »

August 19, 2022

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

By this time of the summer, I am always awash in fruit. I love it…and I hate it. Harvesting your own produce is time sensitive, messy, and exhausting. Yet there is nothing that I love better in this world than homemade peach pie and homemade peach jam. Overflowing trees leads to an overflowing kitchen, for which I am blessed.

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June 17, 2022

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

Harrison Middleton University will take a summer recess from June 18 through July 10. Naturally, the notion of recess got me thinking about language itself.

According to Merriam-Webster, recess (taken from the Latin recedere, or to recede) means either: the action of receding; a hidden secret or secluded place or part;

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November 12, 2021

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

Narrative is a tricky word. Originally, I thought that perhaps we had overloaded the term recently, but even the original Latin term carried a number of connotations. Wheelock’s Latin defines narro as “to tell, report, narrate (narration, narrative, narrator).” This makes me wonder how “tell” is different from “report.” Narrate is a retelling of a story, but with specific requirements stemming from the way we report a story.

 » Read more about: Defining Narrative  »

September 3, 2021

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

The brutal editing process is, unfortunately, necessary. For one example, editing identifies extra language. This makes the essay flow in a tight and smooth manner which your readers will appreciate. It also highlights your main idea by removing excess jargon. Proofreading ensures that your tone, verb tenses, and language all make sense, granting a more polished tone. I suggest that you spend thirty minutes reading through your paper before you hit submit.

 » Read more about: Avoiding “Is”  »

December 25, 2020

Thanks to Sydney Files for today’s post. This post is part of the series Our Mission Extends Beyond Us.

At the International Commerce High Schools, all students start their educational experience by completing progressive foundational courses in several reference books. These courses are incredibly original to the International Commerce High Schools method because they ensure students develop the ability to be independent, self-directed learners. The curriculum teaches students how to use the available tools necessary for success in their high school curriculum and overall lifelong learning.

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June 5, 2020

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

Language is complicated. There are simply too many places to begin this discussion. Take, for example, the word “set.” According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “set” has the most definitions at 430. According to Bill Bryson, author of the Dictionary of Troublesome Words, “set” has “126 meanings as a verb,

 » Read more about: Dictionary Trouble with Bill Bryson  »

December 13, 2019

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

Some people in my family say “cut on the light” when they want the light on. This drives the younger generations crazy because, of course, it sounds like the opposite of what is meant. English is a very accommodating language, however, which can privilege use over meaning. In this case, the idea of cutting on or off the lights may come from a time when a knife blade switch provided power.

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