Tuesday, February 02, 2010

In Cambridge

Hunkered down in Cambridge for a few days. Or am I in heaven?


Colin Toffelmire said...

and I'm officially jealous. have fun.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you hunkered, rather than toddled, or gawked. This is a good photograph as well! What a long hallway. I like how the vanishing point is so obvious, so symmetrical. Everything is squared. The little man in the sign running in a direction perpendicular to everything. I like to think that is what we are all trying to do when we think about things.

Tony Tanti said...

Love the bug eyes in the top photo.

joel said...

Hey Jon, looks like you are having a good time. I was wondering if you would be interested in starting up an old conversation we had a while back?

Regarding: is atheism a religion?

I have been diving deeper into the works of Heidegger and I have come to a few interesting conclusions, one in particular is about worldviews and the languages of worldviews.

I am beginning to think that perhaps worldviews are more on the same level; even though I also argue that they all incorporate being rational to some extent.

In a certain sense this will mean 'atheism is a religion' if religions is all there is for worldviews to be. However, this is more likely the case because the person speaking can use 'religion' to account for other worldviews. Similarly, those who want to use the world 'worldview' will use it over religion.

So the place where we start from directly effects how we speak about ourselves (and very importantly) how we speak about others (other worldviews).

Many times the problem of a conversation is based in one member who is unwilling to 'learn the language of the other.'

I think you once said something like 'the problem can only be solved by those with the impetus to do so.'

Anyways, if you are interested let me know and I will post something for you to chew on. If you are not interested then just say so, I can take it (or if you are too busy, etc).

Otherwise, it is good to see you are doing well.


Jon Coutts said...


Its hard for me to say no, Joel! I was disappointingly slow to respond last time and would possibly be frightfully the same or worse this time. I noticed you were reading Heidegger. I haven't read him, but I think I have some resonance with what you've said above.

The "impetus". did I say that? : ) If you do post something I'll read and respond. Then we can go from there?


My friend Eric interpreted the last bookshelf photo I posted on here a while back and I thought it was simultaneously funny and brilliant. Now you've done it! That's the best possible outcome of a haphazard webcam photo I could possibly think of. Great interpretation too.


Then there's the bug eyes comment. Yes, I thought I looked strangely delirious. I had been sitting in front of a photocopier for a good hour before this photo was taken. I should have lowered the lid more often rather than staring into the light.

one more day ... tomorrow I ambush "The West Room", and get to the books you have to send a librarian off to retrieve for you....

Anonymous said...

This isnt related to anything....but our new band website is http://thenewfamily.ca/

It isnt totally finished yet (i.e. as far as images and music go...) but it looks cool.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Cambridge. Crazy.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Up in the Air. 6/10. Yeah. I couldn't sympathize with the characters as much as the film needed me to.