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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Terrific presentation from Daniel on Nietzsche. Took me right back to 1982, when I fancied myself a budding Nietzsche scholar. But then I discovered Willy James. A few thoughts on "the transvaluator," & on John Lachs's Berry Lecture: Good enough for greatness...
T  28 Blackford (Shermer, Randi, Tom, Kitcher, Edis).
We'll have more presentations on Tuesday: Ben & Steven, Religion & Neuroscience;  Meghan, Parenting Beyond Belief OR Matthew, tba...

Syllabus said the exam's on Tuesday, but that's wrong. It'll be Thursday.
Th 1 Exam #1, re-group, Vote on additional text
Our voting options will include "Potluck": instead of a single additional text for those April dates, we could just have everybody "bring their own" whatever (book, article, video, documentary,...) and comment on it. But if you have candidate texts you want us to consider, post your nominations before Thursday.

Don't know if we need to re-group. But we can, if you're tired of always getting stuck with the 2d, 3d (etc.) essay.

Remember, if you're doing blog posts for your midterm report: the last installments should be up by next Thursday (1st). Or maybe Friday, if you need just a little more time.

"A Better Life" is photographer Chris Johnson's exciting atheist book project.  You can get in on the ground floor...

EXAM UPDATE, Monday morning: I'd asked for more proposed questions for Thursday's exam, but didn't get any over the weekend. So: last call.


  1. I have a suggestion for the blog, Dr. Oliver. Not sure if it's possible or not, but it would be helpful if you could make the "Next" post that you continue adding to all week stay at the top of the site. Like, make it 'sticky' or 'pinned', so it doesn't get buried and go unnoticed. With the large volume of posts, it gets shoved down the page pretty quickly.

    Just a thought.

  2. Good idea, but I don't know how to do it. Does anybody? Meanwhile, I'll periodically re-post.