Category: philosophy

Philosophy: what is an abstraction?

Self-tutoring about philosophy: the tutor looks at abstraction. An abstraction is a definition of an entity that includes only how it behaves and reacts but not what it is. Abstractions are used when details are unimportant beyond the interaction itself.

Philosophy: innocence in education

Self-tutoring about education: the tutor reflects…. When I was a kid, we did lots of printing and then handwriting. I wasn’t great at it, but I guess I managed. I wasn’t gifted at colouring, either – we did much of

Psychology, philosophy: believe and don’t-believe

Self-tutoring about philosophy and psychology: the tutor reflects about thinking and believing. In my post from December 30, 2018, I reflect about what qualifies as proof. An observation I make is that photographs and expert testimony seem sufficient to prove

Philosophy, mysteries: the Fermi paradox, part 0: what is proof?

Self-tutoring about philosophy: the tutor begins about the Fermi paradox: why don’t we have proof of aliens if they likely exist? The Fermi paradox is the name given to a commonly known question: given that intelligent alien life seems likely

Religion, philosophy: Jesus’s view of the death penalty

Self-tutoring about the Bible: the tutor observes a trend in philosophy about the death penalty. Pope Francis has attracted attention lately for his rejection of the death penalty. My understanding is that Francis himself takes this view in opposition to

Philosophy: point of view

Self-tutoring about life: the tutor shares a funny tale. We have one car. Some mornings I end up with it, but my wife needs it to drive herself and the kids home after school. Sometime before then, I drive it

Lifestyle: when you don’t drive there any more….

Self-tutoring about life changes: the tutor reflects…. This morning was a bit jarring, as Tuesday mornings can be. My older son had an early class, so I was up at 6:30am to get the kids’ breakfast, pack their lunches, etc.

Philosophy: the judo belt: lost and found

Self-tutoring about perspective: the tutor shares a story. When I attend judo workouts by myself, I walk there. This time of year, I often can’t wear the judo gi on the walk to the club, lest it gets muddy. Therefore,

English, philosophy: what a retrospective point of view might reveal

via Daily Prompt: Retrospective retrospective (adj): surveying past events or periods. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, 2005. Humans are occupied with time’s passage and the changes that transpire. Individuals, teams, businesses, and countries have

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English, philosophy: what do you juxtapose?

via Daily Prompt: Juxtapose Self-tutoring about the application behind a word: the tutor reflects about juxtapose. juxtapose (verb): to set side by side so as to compare. –Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, 2005. Typically

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