What is it about President Bush that so rankles the Left?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Amy Kind, an associate professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., has written three articles about thoughts and issues within 'BSG,' mostly concerning the quest for identity.
'I think one of the things that the show is presenting to us is a sort of skeptical challenge, about who we are, and can we really know who we are?' Kind said. 'A lot of science fiction, especially shows like ‘Battlestar Galactica,' picks up on issues I find fascinating, connected to the same things I find fascinating about philosophy: what it is to be human, how we should live our lives, how we interact with other creatures.'
Many of those questions (What makes us who we are? Is it mind alone? What if our memories have been altered?) were posited in the stories of Philip K. Dick, she said, known to many as the basis of the movies 'Blade Runner,' 'Minority Report' and 'Total Recall.
Kind has her speculations, such as that the final cylon could be either Adama or his son Lee, and believes that the last shot of 'Revelations' was indeed our Earth, though at some unspecified other point in time. But mainly, she wants resolutions after 'Revelations.'Yes, let's hope it doesn't end that way.
'Let's don't go ‘Sopranos,'' she said. 'I'm don't need a bow, but let's tie it up. Let's finish a sentence.'
Professor Peter Nardi's "research" at Pitzer College sounds like it could have been written by The Stag Hen, Claremont's Opinion knockoff. But it isn't. He's actually one of the world's experts on bro-mance. Seriously. Here's the link from The New York Times. The article is from 2005, but I recently came across it and thought you'd enjoy it.
While some men explicitly seek man dates, and others flatly reject them asWhoa. It is too easy to mock this.
pointless, most seem to view them as an unavoidable form of socializing in an
age when friends can often catch up only by planning in advance. The ritual
comes particularly into play for many men after college, as they adjust to a
more structured, less spontaneous social life. “You see kids in college talking
to each other, bull sessions,” said Peter Nardi, a sociology
professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who edited a book called
“Men’s Friendships.” “But the opportunities to get close to another man, to
share and talk about their feelings, are not available after a certain age.”