Friday, October 30, 2015

what does a black female philosopher look like?

professor sybol cook anderson, @ st. mary's college maryland

professor angela davis, educated in brandeis and frankfurt (germany)

professor kathryn t. gines, @ penn state university

professor desiree melton, @ notre dame university

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

philosophy club's first meeting next tuesday november 3 @ 2:30pm

the philosophy club is on! 

first meeting is tuesday november 3, room #3327 at 2:30pm.

trending topic: NSA and government surveillance!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

take a look at five good search engines for your paper

1. infotopia from google

2. academic info

3. base

4. citeyoulike

5. google scholar

how to connect paragraphs (the secret of transitional phrases)

1. transitions of similarity: (use these when moving from thesis to a second thesis paragraph)

in the same way, 
(just as ... so too), 

2. transitions of contrast: (use this when moving from thesis to counter)

 in spite of, 
on the one hand ... on the other hand, 
in contrast, 
on the contrary, 
despite the previous argument...

3. transitions of example: (use this when you want to show something, in the same sentence or in the next, or the next paragraph)

for example, 
for instance, 
in fact, 
of course, 

4.  transitions of cause and effect: (this looks like a conclusion of a previous argument) 


5. transitions of evidence: (you use this transitions to further show more evidence)

as well, 
equally important,
in addition, 

6. transitions of summary or conclusion: (any time you want to announce a conclusive point)

 in a word, 
in brief, 
in conclusion, 
in the end, 
in the final analysis, 
on the whole, 
to conclude, 
to summarize, 
in sum, 
to sum up, 
in summary

if you move from a Thesis -Counter or Counter-Thesis you need transitions of contrast.  

if you are giving more reasons for Thesis or Counter in the following paragraph you need transitions of evidence.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We have a Philosophy Club!

Good news. Our Phi 2010 philosophy club is on!

The president of the club is Fritz Charles. Cristopher Labora is the vice-president.

If you are interested in joining, please leave your name and a way for Fritz to contact you here.

you are what you present, you are what you show. what else is there?

non-content problems

1- loose sheets, unstapled.
2- the written assignment presented front-and-back (as if you'll save the planet with this assignment).
3- list of work cited in the same page of the discussion (as if one more page is a sin).
4- MLA conventions not followed with in-text citations and at the end of the draft (remember, no URLs allowed!)
5- ink marks (on the presented assignment),
6- no time of class (i.e., "MWF 10am"),
7- drafts without titles.

content problems (definitely more important)

1- too much copy-and-paste (I call it C/P ratio, people call it plagiarism).
2- syntax problems (broken sentences, hanging phrases, rambling sentences).
3- colloquialisms left and right,  
4- hyperbole (when you exaggerate a point)
5- ad hominem, circularity (remember fallacies?)
6- Paragraphs without the proper thesis or counter identification (as  in "same-sex marriage advocates" vs. "same-sex marriage critics"),
7- coherence problems: broken threads, disconnected points in a same paragraph, etc (the problem here is lack f research and excessive copy-and-paste  without revision)

once finished, read your discussions to point to structural deficiencies in your arguments.

follow these suggestions:

1- prioritize your args. hone them, make them better. read your sentences. make them good with explanatory power.  
2- read your drafts out loud! 
3- redink your own weak points and fix them. build the best possible paragraphs you can build.
4- talk from your heart. digest your appropriated content (so it doesn't look carelessly plagiarized).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

downward causation and emergence (only deeper)

for those of you interested in a deeper discussion about downward causation and emergence, click here. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

the robots are coming!

In his new book, Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford considers the social and economic disruption that is likely to result when educated workers can no longer find employment.
But what we're seeing now in robotics is that finally the machines are ... being driven by advances in areas like visual perception. You now have got robots that can see in three-dimension and that's getting much better and also becoming much less expensive. So you're beginning to see machines that are starting to have the kind of perception and dexterity that begins to approach what human beings can do. A lot more jobs are becoming susceptible to this and that's something that's going to continue to accelerate, and more and more of those jobs are going to disappear and factories are just going to relentlessly approach full-automation where there really aren't going to be many people at all.
for example, machines can now fully produce very, very high quality hamburgers ... about 350 to 400 per hour; they come out fully configured on a conveyor belt ready to serve to the customer. ... it's all fresh vegetables and freshly ground meat and so forth; it's not frozen patties like you might find at a fast food joint. These are actually much higher quality hamburgers than you'd find at a typical fast food restaurant.

wine tasting aesthetics

let's do a little wine axiology here. take this advice from How to Taste Wine?
Look: Look at the shade of color and opacity. How does it compare to other wines of the same varietal? Is it darker? More intense? Harder to see through? Take a mental snapshot for later, these hints will show how bold, rich and viscous the wine is.
Smell: Time to pay attention. Identifying smells beforehand makes tasting flavors in wine easier. Start by swirling the glass to aerate the wine and release its aromas. To swirl a glass, place it flat on a table and move your hand as though you are drawing tiny circles with the base. Now stick your nose in there and take a big sniff. What do you smell?
Taste: Who doesn’t love this step? Take a mouthwash size sip and briefly swish it around your mouth to make sure it coats your entire tongue before you swallow. Think about the flavors, textures and body of the wine. Is it sharp? Does it make your tongue feel dry? Do the flavors match the smells from earlier? Can you name a fruit, mineral or spice? Does it have an alcohol burn?
Swallow/Spit: Oh my. Have you ever rationalized swallowing because you’d hate to waste wine? There are some good reasons to spit. Maybe the wine doesn’t suit your taste or you want to save yourself for better wine. Maybe you need to drive. Or better yet, maybe you want to be sober enough to actually taste all the wines at a tasting. As long as you’re safe, we won’t judge you either way.
Think: Too many guides focus on the superficial nuances of wine tasting. Wine tasting is a head game. Confidence and bold assertion can often make someone look like a pro who actually knows nothing. Don’t be afraid to pipe up and offer your suggestions! There are no wrong answers. Although, if every wine smells like burnt toast you might want to see a doctor.
scroll down and check the video of the young female somm discussing primitivo. she is really cool. we've discussed this in class, basically the more you discriminate taste the better you're able to taste.

Friday, October 9, 2015

our philosophy club has a blog!

philosophers, the philosophy club is alive, it breathes the spirit of enlightenment, free exchange of idea in the , pursuit of truth. thus, they have called it,

the voltaire society!

rashila fernando (president)
max imbert (vice-president)
stanley othello (organizer)
susana martinez (secretary)

i quote from their manifesto:
Regardless, even if you are a student completely unfamiliar with Philosophical concepts, there is nothing that can prevent the evolution of a thought or the blooming of a brilliant idea. And the beauty of it lies in the fact that it can happen anywhere, anytime.
don't wait any longer to join this group of intrepid thinkers! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

key to abbreviations in grading your discussion assignment

P: proper prefacing the paragraph. remember transitional phrases.

+Arg: The paragraph needs a better or more substantive argument. In general what is written could be said better.

Sx: syntax issues: run-on sentences, sentence fragments, rambling sentences

Relevance: Relevance, some sort of problem with what has been said that needs correction.

Usage: ways in which words are used needs attention

Grammar:  whether sentence construction, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, misplaced modifiers/split Infinitives, mixed construction.

C/D: too many citations and sources, very little discussion, a red flag for plagiarism.

Coll: Too colloquial a style.  

Red.: Redundant sentence, the point is too repetitive.  

Coherence: there is a problem with the internal thread, sentences are disparate, tackling too much in too little space, the argument doesn't follow, etc.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

topics, philosophy paper

fast food (this important topic is at the intersection of public health, food production and public policy, i.e., the impact of globalization and cheap homogeneous food and the coming back of artisanal food, regional cuisine, farming, promoting taste as well as the organic food movement).

factory farms (generally little appreciated, this topic takes an ecological and human/animal dimension: the link between animal-processed foods & ecological degradation, all tied to the still obscure field of animal ethics).

same-sex marriage (one of the hottest social topics being discussed right now in america, at the intersection of personal vs. religious freedom, secularism, legislation, homosexuality, human rights, cultural consensus, etc).

government surveillance (a global problem intersecting, civil rights, policy, new technologies, power excess, international relations, corporate neutrality).

rule of law (after trump's inauguration and the succession of executive orders, this point becomes a new theme).

social media & culture (privacy issues, information overload, cyber bullying, fake news, etc).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

list of student assistants for all phi 2010 classes

m,w,f, 9am

Daymara Roque
Jorge Marrero
Adriana Olmos

m,w,f, 11am

Lauren Parson
Spencer Daphnis
Erick Briones
Mariaelisa Carbonell

t,r 9:50am

Cecilia Castillo
Alexander Jimenez
Patrick Robinson
David Gomez
Susana Martinez

t,r 11:15am

Jenny Guerrier
Brandon Milian
Alexandra Vazquez
Stephanie Desouza

t 5:40pm

Mariana Murillo
Nile Lofters
Shena Othello