Post Grand Jury Decision Ruminations

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This picture brings to mind Antwone Fisher’s “Who Will Cry For The Little Boy” poem, which is why I chose it.

Many things that I would mention – things I’ve long thought – were echoed both last night and today by many in the nation. It sadly seems cliche to say the words, “I’m disappointed, but not shocked.”

I, of course, am referring to the atypically late night rendering of the grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson for probable cause (not to convict, not to categorically assent to his guilt, but recognition that “Eh, just maybe there’s reasonable grounds for pressing a charge here“) in the murder now-justified homicide of unarmed Michael Brown. I honestly don’t have… Continue reading

Unified Thought: “Philosophical Considerations”, Interview with John Searle

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1d9463d0491f33d788495334dcae9e9106c83e4f_1600x1200Socrates was executed in 399BCE. At his trial brought about by trumped up charges, he went out of his way to eloquently articulate the flaws in the accusations and his accusers rather than beg for leniency (something the jury desired and expected to happen). Plato attributed to Socrates the immortal words, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates’ discourse at the trial and thereafter displayed character, wisdom and fortitude.

Likewise, philosopher John Roger Searle, though not on trial, has nevertheless lived his examined life centered around a passion to challenge bad ideas and has been highlighting the many errors with commonly accepted themes for decades. Searle is noted for his contributions to the Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of… Continue reading

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