Category Archives: Musings

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera

Originally posted on As a Matter of Fancy:
Giacomo Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera This being our second opera experience (the first being Verdi’s Aida at Sarasota in 2016), we now have a point of comparison. Butterfly was…

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Dropping the Bomb

My Brain Upgrade Project continues apace with readings on social and political philosophy.  I wrapped up the chapter with a section on the Limits of the State, which included the following Philosophy and Life insert on p. 595 of my … Continue reading

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Modesitt on the Fallacy of Undergrad as Vocational Programming

I am guilty of advocating more women pursue STEM degrees, but I’m also one hundred percent behind my daughter’s choice of career in vocal performance. At one point in her life, she was perfectly happy to pursue a STEM related … Continue reading

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On Human Nature and Political Ideologies

This paragraph in the “Human Nature” chapter of my Introduction to Philosophy textbook speared me, considering the turmoil before, during and continuing after our most recent elections.  It’s a long paragraph so bear with me.  I’ll split it at points … Continue reading

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Defining Philosophy Survey Results

As I promised in yesterday’s post on my Brain Upgrade Project, the following are excerpts from the email responses I received to the following question: “Ask six friends what they think philosophy is.” The study of critical thinking. ∞ ∞ … Continue reading

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My Brain Upgrade Project

Back in the mid 90s, I resigned myself to not finishing my undergraduate degree in mathematics/computer science.  Life happened (I’ll spare you the stressful, depressing details).  Fast forward to the present, nearly two decades into the second millennium, where my … Continue reading

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