Sunday, May 24, 2015

John Nash Posse

John Nash has a posse.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Go to Budapest Now

In case you needed another reasons to go to Budapest immediately.... There's this.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nails It

Having read the book that's under review here, I can say that the reviewer nails it.  But the reviewer also is to be commended for getting this bit right too:
This connects with a thought that one often finds oneself entertaining when one reads philosophy in the 'continentalist' tradition, namely that it is focusing on trivia, and that the real action lies elsewhere. The real action, for an analytic philosopher, concerning Russell's multiple relation theory of judgement is whether that theory is right, whether it is true [....]

We are interested in Russell's intellectual story because it can tell us interesting things about the problem itself. After all, and apart from anything else, we want to acquaint ourselves with that story in order to avoid simply repeating in ignorance moves (and perhaps mistakes) that he has already made. 'Continentalist' philosophers, by contrast, always seem to clock out before the real issue gets going; usually they take their bow with a knowing smirk, as though there were something na├»ve, infantile, unsophisticated about the analytic philosopher's occupation with truth as such, as opposed to what so-and-so says about what so-and-so says about . . . what Heidegger said about truth. But to show no interest in the truth in its own right is to fail to take those philosophers, including Heidegger, who are still considered worth reading, seriously; for they wanted to get things right, and a proper respect for their endeavour would imply a similar interest in the present-day philosopher and interpreter. Reading past philosophy should never be a purely historical exercise. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Plato was right, #58692

I have not been paying much attention lately to the news, so naturally when this item was called to my attention a few moments ago, I assumed what any sane person would, namely that it is a hoax concocted by opponents of the GOP. But that assumption is wrong.  Apparently there really are Republicans who believe that the President is plotting a military takeover of the state of Texas.

Hilarious doom.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Moving On

I'm not going to allow this space to become a forum for discussing the poster who is now being blocked. Nor will comments speculating on that person's condition and how best to deal with it be accepted. I won't post any of the abusive comments about that person, and I don't care about the alleged "backstory" that some are trying to uncover.

We're moving on.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear Fellow Cranky Jerks

I have found a generous soul who will serve as comment moderator. The identifying IP details of the deluded asshole have been noted. All comments by persons other than him/her will be approved in due time (unless they're independently not approvable by being way of out of bounds).

That the deluded asshole hasn't started his/her own blog in order to slander people is a good indication that he/she is simply a hoax -- an odd dada-esque performance of some kind. It was never quite funny, but it was tolerable for a few days.  But it's long past time to put an end to it. I hope the person finds something else a little less pathetic to do with his/her life than mock those with a serious mental illness by pretending to be afflicted.

And, finally, one more word to the delusional asshole: if you persist in writing comments in the futile hope of getting them accepted by the moderator, I will feel free to post your remarks and invite readers of this blog to ridicule you, while still rejecting any comment you may submit in response. Seriously, the best thing for you to do is simply go away.

Dear Delusional Asshole

Fuck you.  Now go away.

Friday, April 24, 2015

"What's the Kessel Run?"

At last!  One of our greatest philosophical and legal minds investigates Han Solo's immortal boast about the Millennium Falcon and those twelve parsecs..... 

You know you've been waiting for this. 
Cass Sunstein on Star Wars.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sizzler Brings the Choices!

Americans want value!!!!  Sizzler is the choice of America!!

Holy Shit.  Here's a 1991 propaganda video  for . . . wait for it . . .  Sizzler Steak House.  Over 4 minutes of batshit insanity.  Unbelievable, really.

"Get a little freedom in your life."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pie in the Face

Someone please throw a pie in this loser's face...


Monday, April 6, 2015

You think you know punk rock?

You know nothing.

Behold.  Kids in 1980s Cuba deliberately infecting themselves with HIV in order to listen to and play punk rock.

And then there's this asshole.

Pacific APA

The Pacific APA really does seem to a better job than the other divisions, doesn't it?  As usual, there were a few absurd hiccups (no programs until the afternoon of the first day, etc.).  But compared to the Eastern and Central, the Pacific is far less of a mess.  Good location, decent size, a nice variety of sessions, generally good papers, and actual amenities for the conference attendees (like coffee in the book area).  But for that minor incident of rowdiness on Saturday night, it would have been exceptional.

Good thing the Eastern meeting is shrinking.  Maybe now they could move it to a nicer location with better January weather. 

Better still: the APA should just move all of its meetings to Canada.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

More Public Service: TOC for J-APA1.1

Here's the TOC for 1.1 of the APA's new journal. It was a little harder  to find than it should have been, given the emails and other announcements today.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Public Service Announcement

Don't forget your passport.

BREAKING: The annual PA thing will be happening Saturday night at the usual time in the Dogwood Suite of the conference hotel.  I believe that's on the 23rd floor.  Evnt spomsored by Templeton.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two Cheers for Public Philosophy

I was sitting in a bus station earlier this week, and the people sitting next to me were embroiled in a heated discussion.  Eventually, one of the discussants turned to me and asked me to weigh in on the topic in dispute.  As it turns out, not unlike that old story where William James settles a campground debate about a squirrel, the disputants were talking past each other and needed to draw a distinction, in this case, between de dicto and de re.  So I introduced the distinction and explained how it was at work in the apparent disagreement.  This seemed to satisfy the arguing parties, who quickly went on to discuss something else.

But a little later, one of the men turned to me again and told me that the distinction I drew was helpful, and asked what line of work I'm in.  I replied  that I'm a philosopher.  The guy reacted with surprise, and then asked, "So... can you read minds?"  I replied, "Not in the way you're thinking of."  The guy replied, "So you CAN read minds!"

Spiros, 0; Guy Waiting for a Bus, 1