The Philosophy Program at A&M University - Corpus Christi offers the Minor (18 hrs.) and the Major (30 hrs.) in Philosophy. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about studying philosophy.

Minds and Machines in Action: Extreme Haptics

Talking Coffee

 Wednesday November 7, We will be meeting at the Starbucks here on campus at around 7pm.  We will be talking about coffee and coffee accesories, and one of these days Philosophy!!! So we have a couple of things on the agenda:

-T-shirt finalized ideas

-Debate on the Drone Strikes

Talk of the election is to be expected, so I'm going to go ahead and put it on the list of things to talk about. If I forgot anything please remind me.

Oh, and don't forget to bring your wisdom boner

 

Seven Italian Seismologists and Geologists Convicted for Failing to Predict an Earthquake

America seems to have lost its supremacy in anti-intellectualism, as the NY Times is reporting that "[s]even prominent Italian earthquake experts were convicted of manslaughter on Monday and sentenced to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning to the residents of a seismically active area in the months preceding an earthquake that killed more than 300 people." See also the BBC report on this debacle and this editorial response from the journal Nature.

(Incidentally, what becomes of the Onion when reality is its own satire?)

Take a Break: Wooden Kinetic Art

Courtesy Boing Boing, take a brief moment to enjoy this elegant piece of kinetic art by David C. Roy:

Movie Night/ Pumpkin Carving

10/26/2012 7:00 pm
America/Chicago

 Alright so I've talked to Megan and she's agreed to allow us to invade her house on october 26th for a movie/ pumpkin carving night. All we need to do is agree on a particular movie to watch... Following is a link to the the trailer of the documentary 'The Quantum Activist' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO9N4Ix9Ny0 , I think most of us would disagree with most of what he says if not all... but it was actually very fascinating to watch. If ya'll would like to watch this then say so, but if you just cannot even stand to watch it, or if you have a good idea for a movie, then just attach a trailer or something so we can see what we want to watch as a group invading megan's house. Oh and we get to carve pumpkins which is always fun!

Michael Tye Interview

Courtesy Leiter Reports, 3:AM Magazine has a terrific interview with philosopher of mind Michael Tye (UT-Austin) which ranges from his start in philosophy to his approach to phenomenal consciousness. From the interview,

I went up to Oxford as an undergraduate to study physics. I chose Oxford over Cambridge at the urging of my school physics teacher who was an Oxford man. When I arrived, I found out that, as a physics student, I was expected to spend one day a week in the laboratory. This seemed to me extremely unappealing not only because it would interfere with my social life but also because the practical side of physics was, to my mind, deadly dull. Happily, I discovered that there was a new undergraduate degree — physics and philosophy — that combined theoretical physics with philosophical issues in the foundations of physics as well as pure philosophy. For this degree no practical work was required.

Coffee Talk

 Coming to you this Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Coffee Waves on Alameda.  We will be discussing everything and doing nothing, it should be fun.  Please stop by if you're interested, and if you need a ride there, then contact either me or anybody else in Philosophy club. 

 

My e-mail is: wsisson@islander.tamucc.edu

Philosophy Club

  The Philosophy Club has had a rocky start this semester, but I think we can recover.  I know that everybody has many time conflicts and whatnot, so if anyone has a suggestion of what day and time we should have the meetings, then please comment below. I'd like to get us into full swing this semester as quickly as possible, so I will be holding a coffee talk next week following everybody's suggestions. Thursdays are bad for me but any other day of the week after 6:45 works for me.

 

Today Elizabeth Grant came and we discussed the things we would like to get strarted this semester including: T-Shirts, Public Discussions, and Reading Discussions.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting but you have a good idea, I will be opening a public Forum on this website for the Philosophy Club and I'll make a link to it.

 

The 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes Announced!

Of special note from the full announcement,

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan [THE NETHERLANDS] and Tulio Guadalupe [PERU, RUSSIA, and THE NETHERLANDS] for their study "Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller"

NEUROSCIENCE PRIZE: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford [USA], for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon.

LITERATURE PRIZE: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.

MEDICINE PRIZE: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti [FRANCE] for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.

Courtesy Leiter Reports.

Strategic Napping

We've discussed some of this before, but for more on sleep, sleep habits (in the "what you've always been told is mostly wrong" category), and the importance of naps, have a look at this essay in the NY Times.

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