Not exactly Evidence or References…

Resources necessary for me to think through what I want to say and to help me say it better.

Click to Play: ““Big Sky” by The Kinks from Village Green Preservation Society

~~Errol Morris Films

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

“Fast, Cheap & Out of Control” is a film like no other. Starting as a darkly funny contemplation of the nature of human striving, it ultimately becomes a profoundly moving meditation on the very nature of existence.

Repays as many viewings as you can give it.

The film interweaves the stories of four obsessive men, each driven to create eccentric worlds of their dreams, all involving animals.

As the film proceeds, thematic connections between the four protagonists begin to emerge. The lion tamer and the topiary gardener look back at ways of life which are slowly disappearing; the mole-rat specialist and the robot scientist eye the future, envisioning creatures that may someday replace the human race.

The Thin, Blue Line

A compelling, haunting investigation of Memory and Imagination and the chilling outcomes possible when we deny that our memories are not simply recordings of our lives, but are intertwined with our imaginations. You will never be able to look at the Justice System in the same way again. Essential viewing for Jurors.

The film is the true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as “the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder,” the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was sentenced to death.

~~Man, God, and Society in Western Literature Webcasts

Philosophy Professor Hubert Dreyfus, University of California, Berkeley

Philosophical issues as expressed in poetry, drama, and the novel.

This course compares and contrasts the Greek, Medieval, and modern worlds, as reflected in their greatest literature.

Special emphasis on the role of the community: how community can be involved in reconciling conflicts between groups in society and how community is needed for the individual’s ability to understand and control his own life.

Guaranteed to entertain, enthrall and give you insight into your life.

~~On Being Authentic, Professor Charles Guignon

“To thine own self be true.” From Polonius’s words in Hamlet right up to Oprah, we are constantly urged to look within.

Why is being authentic the ultimate aim in life for so many people, and why does it mean looking inside rather than out?

Is it about finding the ‘real’ me, or something greater than me, even God?

And should we welcome what we find?

Professor Guignon’s intention is not to “sing the praises of authenticity” but instead to question “some of the unstated assumptions that surround it and prop it up.” He closely examines the philosophy of self-improvement, from the self-help gurus of today back to St. Augustine and Socrates.

~~the Meno, Dialogue by Plato

Don’t let intellectual snobs have all the fun!

The Meno is interesting and accessible. Get some friends together and act it out, after having a few Martinis.

You’ll be surprised at how much is packed into the thing and how enjoyably it’s been packed.


~~Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Don’t bother with this baby unless you enjoy being frustrated and confused without any clear way out. The definitive winner of the “Alice in Wonderland” award of all the Philosophical Classics.

The only way I got what I did from it was with a little help from my friends. To me, Wittgenstein is The Philosopher (sorry, Aristotle, you have to settle for a second from me).

I had to list Philosophical Investigations, even though I don’t recommend reading it, because I don’t know how I’d think without it.

Consider yourself warned.


Lyrics to “Big Sky”

Big Sky looks down on all the people looking up at the Big Sky

Everybody pushing one another around

Big Sky feels sad when he sees the children scream and cry

But the Big Sky is too big to let it get him down

Big Sky too big to cry

Big Sky too high to see

People like you and me

One day we’ll be free, we won’t care, just you see

‘Til that day can be, don’t let it get you down

When I feel that the world is too much for me

I think of the Big Sky, and nothing matters much to me.

Big Sky looks down on all the people who think they got problems

They get depressed and they hold their head in their hands and cry

People lift up their hands and they look up to the Big Sky

But the Big Sky is too big to sympathize

Big Sky’s too occupied

Though he would like to try

And he feels bad inside

Big Sky’s too big to cry

One day we’ll be free, we won’t care, just you wait and see

‘Til that day can be, don’t let it get you down.

R.I.P. Kinks Bassist Pete Quaife (photo above)

Taken from us in 2010, too young, from renal failure. Please visit the link and take a look at his light-hearted cartoons about dealing with dialysis treatments. Talk about bravery.  You had it in spades, Pete.


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