Nov. 2nd, 2009

laene_lif: (Guildenstern such is life shrug smile)
Cold (especially my ankles), drinking weak coffee and writing about how the problems of radical skepticism are insoluble because they are fictitious. Says A.J. Ayer.

Also, gotta pee.

What to focus on: induction, other minds, memory, or senses/physical objects?

And (more importantly), what to write my English capstone paper on? The Absurd in... something? In Science Fiction? The sublime and the grotesque? The implications about human capacity for knowledge and certainty; about empathy; about... gender, and anti-essentialism? These things don't seem to mesh. But I feel like it could maybe work. Something about androids. I could write it all on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" or maybe combine that with some stuff by Stanislaw Lem like "Solaris" and "The Mask". And maybe... C.L. Moore's "No Woman Born." I don't know. If anybody has any ideas about anything remotely related to any of that, I'd be very interested to hear it (and grateful).

(Maybe one of these days I'll write more of an actual entry. I have this notion in my head that when I write less, I'm living more. I'm not sure that's at all true, but it's there.)

Update: Ugh. I'm getting annoyed at this paper. The Ayer one. Trying to be clever about this shit just makes me talk in circles.

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