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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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August 28, 2020

Thanks to Peter Ponzio, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Over the past few years, the notion that facts are malleable and can be manipulated to support one’s position has gained increasing prominence in this country. As an example, consider the debate surrounding the coronavirus. Many in the medical community advocate the wearing of masks to stop the spread of the disease, yet a group of protestors believe that wearing masks are ineffective.

 » Read more about: Are Facts Malleable?  »

August 31, 2018

Thanks to George Hickman, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

For most of us, we experience the role of an audience member far more often than we experience the role of an artist. On our daily commutes, our mood is at the whim of the radio or our playlist on shuffle. We leave the movie theater buzzing with conversation about the actors,

 » Read more about: The Audience as the Artist: LARP’s Place in Media  »

April 13, 2018

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

“The difference between the present and the past is that the conscious present is an awareness of the past in a way and to an extent which the past’s awareness of itself cannot show.” – T. S. Eliot

I used to work for a professor who would say: “Without the toaster, we’d have no computers!” Each invention brings about a whole new world of possibilities.

 » Read more about: Rethinking Invention  »

April 6, 2018

Thanks to Carter Vance, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

When the European Union first gave legal force the notion of “right to be forgotten”, in a 2014 court ruling against Google, I was amongst those who were both confused at the practical impacts and fearful of what its long-term effects might be. Confused,

 » Read more about: Right to Be Forgotten, or Right to Evolve?  »

August 25, 2017

Thanks to David Seng, HMU doctoral student, for today’s post.

One of things I admire most about the Great Authors is how relevant their ideas are to our particular time and place. Sometimes this relevancy shows up in surprising ways. As one who works in the intersection of philosophy and technology I was surprised to see how the ideas of Thomas Hobbes applied to the twenty first century issues of technology and our digital culture.

 » Read more about: A Hobbesian Philosophy of Technology  »

August 18, 2017

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

Recently, I was looking for some graphic that would help explain a few points about ancient Rome. My initial Google search sent me to mostly Pinterest sites. I thought that was interesting since I seldom use Pinterest. I did a little bit more digging and found some things that I wanted (both on and off Pinterest). But as I completed this process,

 » Read more about: The Pins of Pinterest  »

July 8, 2016

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

Facebook began as “The Facebook”. At that time, it was a borrowed phrase from the papers given to Harvard freshmen which profiled other students and staff. A book of faces that one is likely to meet, or may need to know. These sheets of paper were likely useful in preparation for careers. And from there, the developers grew the idea into an online portal which could function in the same way.

 » Read more about: Face Plus Book  »

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