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October 27, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Viola Cordova was one of the first Native American women to earn a degree in philosophy. Born in 1937, she grew up in Taos, New Mexico. Embracing both her own past and her curiosity of the world, she discarded notions that philosophy should …

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June 11, 2021 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. When looking through the Syntopicon under “F,” I find Family, Fate, and Form. Yet, the more I think about it, I want to find Forgiveness. Merriam-Webster defines “forgive” as: to cease to feel resentment against; to give up resentment or requital; to grant …

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March 13, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. According to Virginia Woolf, reading is virtuous. The endeavor – performed well – enhances one’s being. It pleases her to see books on shelves in coffee houses, children’s rooms, and kitchens. In The Common Reader, Woolf celebrates the fact that reading, having evolved …

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January 31, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “Genome engineered plants and animals are happening right now. And this puts in front of all of us a huge responsibility to consider carefully both the unintended consequences as well as the intended impacts of a scientific breakthrough.” – Jennifer Duodna, TED Talk …

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June 22, 2018 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “Man wishes to be happy, and only wishes to be happy, and cannot wish not to be so.” – Blaise Pascal Listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony recently got me thinking about the difference between joy and happiness. Why does Beethoven end the 9th …

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April 21, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “The french fry did not become America’s most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes – and cleaning up the mess.” – Michael Pollan I don’t think that T.S. Eliot was referring to …

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September 30, 2016 “We do not organize education the way we sense the world. If we did, we would have departments of Sky, Landscapes, Water, Wind, Sounds, Time, Seashores, Swamps and Rivers.” – David Orr, Author of Ecological Literacy Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s blog. Merriam-Webster defines nature as: the physical world …

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January 15, 2016   “The days of peace and slumberous calm are fled;/ Those days, all innocent of scathing war,/ When all the fair Existences of heaven/ Came open-eyed to guess what we would speak: – / That was before our brows were taught to frown,/ Before our lips knew else but solemn sounds;/ That …

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December 18, 2015 In the Preface to Genius, literary critic and professor Harold Bloom asserts the existence of and need for a discussion of genius. In the book, Bloom describes one hundred different voices in which he finds an element of genius, of creation. He writes, “Talent cannot originate, genius must.” These authors are considered …

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July 10, 2015 Comparative Literature is an intellectual field that requires a combination of research from more than one disparate fields. It is interesting to think about Comp Lit in relation to the Great Books. Mortimer Adler created the Great Ideas in hopes of having a searchable, navigable reference when looking at big issues that …

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