It’s reading week, which means I’ve spent some much needed time relaxing. I also finished my final draft of my commentary for the University of Waterloo Philosophy Graduate Conference next week, on a paper with an interesting look at social epistemology and contemporary argumentation theory. Next week I’ll be attending talks by Helen Longino, a prominent philosopher of science, delivering the commentary, and attending as many other talks as I can. I also made a trip down to Windsor this weekend, which is the reason for the late night post. That was the real event of my week. 

I have a few friends who moved to Windsor last year, and we finally went down to see them. You know those friends, the ones you’ve known for years and will know the rest of your life, regardless of how far either of you move? They’re those friends. I was a bridesmaid in their wedding two years ago, and I’m the best man for my travelling companion at his wedding in June. We played games, watched movies, ate food, and had a great time. And it really got me thinking about friends. I assume everyone has the feeling that there are some people they meet that they want to be friends with for the rest of their lives, no matter what. You get the late night call or the short notice request for moving help, and you don’t hesitate, you just go. It’s worth it, not because they’ll pay you back, but because they’re worth that time. It’s been my privilege to meet a lot of those people, and I’m happy to say that I’m still friends with a lot of them. Whether I’ve known them for six months or twelve years, I look at them and go “This? This is a person I want to be hanging out with for the rest of my life.” They’re not just the people I want to be like, they’re the people that help me be most like myself. With this in mind, getting down to Windsor and being able to spend longer than lunch with a few of them was a joy, better than ten vacations. Earlier this week I was in a bit of a funk, and felt like I was asking too much of myself for even simple things. Now I am ready to continue.

This week’s TPK featured the first how-to post on making a good character, and introduced the third city, Isard. Concept Crucible this week was about grading. Last week’s assignments got me thinking about how we rank things. The lesson in logic was Modus Ponens, the first rule of inference, with a guest argument from Vic Toews.

Paper Progress:

  • Obligations of Authenticity in Social Media: Compiling Reading List
  • Power Relations and Ethics in Multi-level Games: Compiling Reading List
  • Applied Stakeholder Ethics: Compiling Reading List

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