A Census

In the weeks to come there will some exciting changes affecting how I use this site. But first I want to see who it is presently serving. If you are a regular visitor to my site, it would help for me to hear from you and (a) know who you are and (b) what your business is here, so to speak. I am conducting a census of sorts.  Please, if you visit this website with any regularity, click on the the word ‘ASK’ in the menu and introduce yourself in some way you feel comfortable with, le … [Read more...]

Sep 21, 2012 9:35pm

“Let us be realists and demand the impossible: Communism,” a lecture by Slavoj Zizek. Or: “What I spent a lot of my time doing: watching Slavoj Zizek,” a confession by Sam Rocha. … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — fifth meeting Another long class. Three hours, no break. I think that this approach will actually become normal very soon. If it does, I suspect I’ll become somewhat infamous, but infamy has its rewards and I will not feel bad about rigor. As comfortable as the class has always been, I was beginning to feel too comfortable. So I decided to up the ante, so to speak. I was concerned that our reading of history thusfar was a bit too unambitious and … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Practice

My latest essay — The Tyranny of Practice — is available at Contending Modernities. In it I  try to hammer at the insipid, ideological assumption embedded in a saying I hear a lot: “theory into practice.” As you should already be able to tell, I not a big fan. In other news: I may soon have something exciting to share about another writing venture. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Sep 19, 2012 2:02am

Rocinante (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Foundations of Educational Thought — fourth meeting Class began with the prompt for the next writing assignment, along with several remarks about how one might approach this prompt and the ones to follow. The final paper is a descriptive assignment using a long biography or autobiography. The purpose is to try and find the foundations of educational thought within a life, an act of self-disclosure, not only in the literature or in “theory.”  We then moved to Jean Jacques … [Read more...]

Sep 18, 2012 2:28am

AudioA lecture from today’s “Foundations of Educational Thought” class on Rousseau and education, based primarily from the Emile. (Not a replacement of my ongoing installments of “Class Notes.”) … [Read more...]

Sep 18, 2012 2:12am

Much of the popularity of modern scientific medicine is due to the fact that sick people have nowhere else to go and that television, rumors, then technical circus of well equipped hospitals convince them that they could not possibly do better. Paul Feyerabend (Sent to me by another former student and present friend). … [Read more...]

Sep 17, 2012 6:37pm

A screed against doctors and medicine from Rousseau’s Emile, the text for class today. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Sep 14, 2012 11:53pm

Q: How many letters are in the alphabet? A: 11. From a splendid old book of riddles my son read to me a couple nights ago. It has inspired what I consider to be a philosophical breakthrough: a new and better description! … [Read more...]