Finished TTC course Philosophy and Religion in the West
One of the better courses from there that I've done. More intellectually challenging than some of them: often needed to go back to the course guide to work things out.
As I mentioned before, the first section is the most fascinating, concentrating on the interaction between the Judeo-Christian scriptures and Neoplatonic philosophy.
The later sections suffered a bit. The middle section was pretty familiar to me since it concentrated on the major enlightenment and modern philosophers.
The final section deals with more modern and some contemporary philosophy of religion There's material on neo-Orthodoxy, the "Biblical Other", process philosophy and logical empiricism.
While it's new and complicated stuff to me, found it less interesting because it seems to be a bit lacking in actual consequences. Even if God is changing in time, if reality is a process not an event, if God is the subject and we are the object, if our experience is merely a bundle of successive sense-impressions; none of it actually seems to mean you should do anything differently.
Overall though, a worthwhile course if you're interested in the subject.
Saw Cloverfield at the cinema. I really liked it, but both people I was with hated it.
Yes, it is pretty much what you expect and was obvious from the trailers: Godzilla meets Blair Witch Project, monster movie allegedly filmed on a shockproof super-duper-camcorder with Dolby surround sound, night-vision, lamp, and very long-lasting batteries. But that's pretty much what I wanted, and I thought it put a refreshingly different angle on things. It's a story from the point of view of the average guy, not a hero defeating a baddie in a predictable sequence of climaxes. Captures the menace more effectively than most movies, with glancing shots and noises from all around. It wasn't saddled with dull and implausible exposition 'explaining' the monster, nor an absurd happy ending like 'I am Legend'. And I was glad that it didn't follow the current fashion for ponderous length, was a crisp hour and a bit..
The thing about Hollywood seems to be that everyone whines when they follow formulas, but they whine even more when the formulas are broken. They hate crappy star vehicles, but whine that there's no-one to feel sympathetic with when there's no star.
Oh well, I liked it.
Tech. Web users slightly less dumb.
Shift platform game.
Socioeconomics. Hedonic adaptation. Includes graphs of how happiness changes before and after various events.
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