Category Archives: Musings

“Artful Deception, Languaging & Learning”

New article published in Open Journal of Philosophy! To read or download, click the image or visit http://www.scirp.org/journal/ojpp/

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What Cognitive Neuroscience Can Do for English Professors

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New Poem Published

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The Lying Instinct: Nietzschean Neuroscience

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A Teaching Philosophy

Language represents one of our most uniquely human characteristics, whether mathematical, musical, somatic, or linguistic. It is a human instinct, according to cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, the limits of thought, according to German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the model of higher cognition … Continue reading

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Two Rooms

Two rooms sit side-by-side with only a thin paper wall between them. On the one side lies a sleeping woman whose light reveals her silhouette to the darker room’s occupant. He, lit by only a single candle from the stock … Continue reading

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On Identity

The question of identity is one that philosophers, poets, science fiction authors, neuroscientists, psychologists, biologists, and theologians have mused over for centuries. What is identity? Who are we, as a species, a kind, an organism that is but one of … Continue reading

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On Higher Education & Infantilization

“I wish schools would take our cell phones away from us.” — Approximately 90% of my students on their #1 recommendation to improve the educational environment (in both K-12 and college). Facebook post from a Texas College instructor “Take” is … Continue reading

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On the Urban Force

How do you not see the façade you are merely portraits within? Each day, when the sun reveals itself to earth-bound eyes, you rise and ready yourself for the enterprise of business with the commitment of the cockroach to self … Continue reading

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Ars Poetica

Spiders are born with the innate knowledge and biological make up to spin webs.  No great spider of ancient history invented web design which all spiders since have learned to imitate.  It is something unique to their species and something … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Eve Reflection

Considering consciousness through Heidegger’s Poetry, Language, Thought What can we discover but some concealed aspect of self always already in the world? Reflection lights appearance with the eye of apperception. There the building of dwelling being arises to wed the seeming … Continue reading

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Symbolic Weaponry: The Book Gun

There is something about this image that seems inexplicably apropos. Loaded knowledge, here as language, can be weaponized and used forcefully in its original form.  However, when turned into a metametaphor, what happens to the message?  Something that is meant … Continue reading

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Through the Crack in Consciousness: Nietzschean Metaphorizing

Or, on the Philia of Human Being  Nietzsche creates metaphors with words and phrases the way the eyes create neural metaphors out of photons, and the way the brain creates cognitive metaphors out of neurochemical impulses received from optic nerves—phenomenological … Continue reading

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Being Human: On the Metaphorizing Instinct

“What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be … Continue reading

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