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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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February 10, 2023

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

Before reading the ideas in this blog, I invite you to view a piece by artist M.C. Escher and listen to the “Endlessly Rising Canon” by Bach.

In his book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter paraphrases Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem as follows: “All consistent axiomatic formulations of number theory include undecidable propositions.” Although this is not where January’s Quarterly Discussion started,

 » Read more about: Aristotle and Hofstadter  »

August 20, 2021

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

I want to investigate the nature of time using three different sources: The Matrix, the recent Disney show Loki, and Jorge Luis Borges’s “Garden of Forking Paths.” Though very different, these three works embrace the concept of infinite futures. Their conceptualizations, then, allow us to explore notions of divergence, difference, and possibility.

In The Matrix,

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July 21, 2017

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

Last week we introduced a couple of less than mainstream calendars . This week, we want to move back into a look at the contemporary calendar, as based upon the Roman calendar. Julius Caesar, of course, attended to the discrepancies in the calendar. Astronomers of each age are challenged to find clever fixes for slight discrepancies, which,

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July 14, 2017

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

Merriam-Webster defines calendar as “a system for fixing the beginning, length, and divisions of the civil year and arranging days and longer divisions of time (such as weeks and months) in a definite order”. The reasons for developing such a system are easy to identify. It makes nearly all business navigable. Practicality aside, however, the idea of a calendar actually stemmed from those who noticed nature’s rhythms.

 » Read more about: Rare Calendars  »

“But to what purpose/ Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves/ I do not know.” – T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”

 

October 7, 2016

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

Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Philosophy Camp in the Adirondacks of New York. St. John’s College in Santa Fe and SUNY-ESF campuses combined forces to offer this fantastic experience.

 » Read more about: After the Adirondacks  »

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