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Summer ’16 Courses 

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Shadow Play and the Frozen Tableau 

I just came across this old interview with Victor I. Stoichita in Cabinet Magazine. He's discussing his fascinating, shall we say illuminating book, A Short History of the Shadow. But I am struck again with his characterization of Plato's Cave Allegory as a Sadistic tale. Not because I want to come to its defense—Plato is …

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Against Specialization 

No one takes thought very seriously, except those who claim to be thinkers or philosophers by profession. But that doesn't stop it from having its own apparatus of power—or its being an effect of its apparatus of power when it tells people: "Don't take me seriously, because I think for you, since I give you …

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Zeno and the Art of Archery  ☆

Following up on the one about the bear, here's another joke having to do with education: A duke was hunting in the forest with his coterie of men-at-arms and servants, when he came across a tree with an arrow protruding, dead center, from a target painted on it. Marveling at the nice shot, they ride …

Posted 87 months ago by

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“Lost” and the Magic Mystery Box of Education  ☆

Now, I have to admit, I never actually watched the show Lost. I'd tune in for a few seconds now and then to confirm that I was in fact "lost." Relieved to find that I was easily keeping pace with regular viewers who were equally lost, I would move on. Likewise, I did tune in …

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