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The Custom House: Louis Agassiz with Christoph Irmscher

Episode 2 is now available for download: Agassiz, Inc. Please share far and wide, early and often. Thanks! This week I speak with biographer Christoph Irmscher about the legacy of Louis Agassiz, one of the most influential men in the development of the practice of science in America.  Irmscher’s book is called Louis Agassiz: Creator […]

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Autism, ADHD, Adaptation and Randomization

Autism, ADHD, Adaptation and Randomization

[Cross-posted at Schools Matter.] I. Some time ago I wrote a piece noting how it seems autism is becoming a useful “disorder” to have.  (I used the quotes for a reason which I hope becomes clear.)  The post, “Autism: the next ‘specialty’ credential,” tried to create a kind of choral effect between an essay by […]

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What is a Metaphysic?

Evolution may be considered as a fairly straightforward metaphysical theory with a long history which was not so much confirmed by the theory of natural selection as embarrassed by it.  The difference between the two is indicated by the fact that Darwin himself did not use the word until the fifth edition of the Origin […]

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Lord of the Level Loadstone

Thou Vain Toy, Part II [ PDF Link ] How can we be done perspectivizing?  Yesterday I offered a load of underlinings from an essay by Morse Peckham.  As a kind of “proof” text I suggested Ahab’s smashing of his Quadrant as a stance against the “sight” heavenward rather than keeping one’s eyes “level” with the horizon […]

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Thou Vain Toy

For Bobby C., underlinings from an essay by Morse Peckham, “Man’s Use of Nature,” offering powder and ball to my NO! in thunder.  And, perhaps as expected, Ahab will have the last word. *** An ideology explains the world, and justifies our behavior in it and towards it, and validates that behavior.  An ideology tells […]

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Where Be Your Tygers?

Let this serve as a kind of literary addendum to yesterday’s post. And let us first mark out some territory.  Perhaps there are two ways that humans MEAN as beings. 1. The animal that may become a god. 2. Animate matter that will decay. That’s broad, sure, and I know there are other ways to […]

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Minecraft, Or The Play’s the (Latest and Last) Thing

UPDATE: A Literary Addendum I know a boy who plays Minecraft somewhat as if it were his quest to reach the nirvana state that comes of internalizing the Jesus Prayer.  I suppose he  substitutes “Steve” for Jesus. I argue with him instead of taking away the laptop where he lives within this frame.  However, you […]

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Evolving To Heavenly Host

This morning a friend shared a link with me regarding the “good” of science spending as measured against the “evil” of suffering (“With all the suffering…“).  Basically, why spend money on “exploration” when so many are starving and dying?  Spend money combating suffering instead of space exploration. As answer or justification for spending on science […]

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When I Was a Kid We Had to Call People

This is a guest post by Sarah, originally published on Hundred Moon. Yes, when I was a kid not only was Pluto a planet (my very educated mother just served us nine pies), but we had to pick up the phone and dial a string of 7 numbers that we had memorized to reach our friends. […]

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Anonymous Labor

To be read as postscript to “The Factory Store.” The Future (and Past) is Yours, Young Women!  Brought to you by the Cook Group, owners of Bloomington, Indiana, and Ivy Tech, Cook’s publicly subsidized employee training center. Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing technicians are responsible for the manufacture and packaging of potential and existing products. They operate […]

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Bikes and Women

In Bloomington recently a man was run over and killed while riding his bicycle. A hit and run. It occurred […]

Interchange: The Future Cannot Be Capitalist: Michael Yates on the Working Class

AUDIO: The Future Cannot Be Capitalist With Covington Catholic High School students offering a fresh examples of the embodied ideologies […]

LeRoi and Ornette – Becoming in Time

I was listening to a PoemTalk (PennSound) about LeRoi (Amiri Baraka) Jones’s early poem “Kenyatta Listening to Mozart“ and one of […]

WFHB’s Interchange – Just a Spoonful of America

Audio: Just a Spoonful of America The title of our show, “Just a Spoonful of America – Prescribing American Studies […]

Luis Buñuel’s The Young One: Anatomy of White Male Supremacy (WFHB’s Interchange)

AUDIO: Luis Buñuel’s The Young One: Anatomy of White Male Supremacy We open with the jazz tune, “Epistrophy,” from Eric […]

WFHB’s Interchange – A Targeted Divide: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives

AUDIO: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives This is the special 90-minute finale for our series A Targeted Divide. […]