The Ocean Thought Nothing

The Hanged Man
11 September 1980
"I thought the Ocean, the Ocean thought nothing" - Dar Williams

I don't really use this thing very often anymore, except to read other people's journals and post a couple times a year about Dragon*Con. You might want to check out my homepage instead.

I am currently a professor of philosophy at The University of Texas at Dallas, previously a graduate student at UCSD.

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Buddha

"Well, if you think a philosopher is a universal dilettante who tries to see things in perspective and tries to stop people from forcing others into their beliefs... then I certainly am a philosopher." - Paul Feyerabend

"(P)ersonality is an illusion only to be accepted on weekdays for working purposes. We are cosmic ganglia; so I believe as much as I believe anything. And personality is merely the gaslight at the crossroads with an accidentally larger or smaller radius of illumination." - O.W. Holmes, Jr.

"Does not man, perhaps, love something besides well-being? Perhaps he is just as fond of suffering? Perhaps suffering is just as great a benefit to him as well-being? Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering, and that is a fact. There is no need to appeal to universal history to prove that; only ask yourself, if you are a man and have lived at all. As far as my personal opinion is concerned, to care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things... And yet I think man will never renounce real suffering, that is, destruction and chaos. Why, suffering is the sole origin of consciousness." - Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground, Part I Ch 9

"Knowledge is humanistic in quality not because it is about human products in the past, but because of what it does in liberating human intelligence and human sympathy. Any subject matter which accomplishes this result is humane, and any subject matter which does not accomplish it is not even educational." - John Dewey

"Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself. " - John Dewey

"Philosophy recovers itself when it ceases to be a device for dealing with the problems of philosophers and becomes a method, cultivated by philosophers, for dealing with the problems of men." - John Dewey

"Democracy cannot flourish where the chief influences in selecting subject matter of instruction are utilitarian ends narrowly conceived for the masses, and, for the higher education of the few, the traditions of a specialized cultivated class." - John Dewey