Where’s the line between robots and humans? Some of you know I’ve moved towards cognitive science in my work and apparently our experience of will is more like an affective response. Many cognitive processes are automated and the few instances of controlled cognition only seem that way due to factors like speed/time. Result is that having an idea of agency does not imply that we’re actual agents even of the behaviors we take ourselves to be in charge of. What does that mean for ethics and self control? Beauty of studying literature is that we can examine all these cognitive processes by slowing them down, eg shedding light on our inferences - both automated/unconscious and controlled/conscious #cognitivescience#literature#themind#reading#complit#mind#ucsb
Do you make notes when you read? I’ve found that as I’ve moved into being a postgrad it’s one of the major things that’s changed - I make notes on ALL the in-class reading. I’m hoping to start reading for my dissertation soon (how exciting to begin all those Plath and German Romantic books I’ve been stockpiling!) and it’s occurred to me that I may need to invest in another lever arch if I’m going to have an average of eight pages of notes per text. .
How is everybody settling into the new academic year? I hope you’re all feeling both confident and appreciated ♥️🤓
another iteration of my mind
📸: random white guy gazing over Hitler’s rally grounds, Nuremberg July 2018.
The prompt: what’s the future of comparative literature?
I either lost my mind, or let it go...
No thesis - just thoughts on what it means to study fiction when fact erodes.
First it flowed then was like pulling teeth to make any sense of...
but in sum: how and why I believe her & him 🙉🙈
a perspective I find difficult to ascertain the value of,
particularly in making public,
there’s maybe nothing to be gained,
but a slight change in how you choose to converse or listen
But, it’s here because I can’t deny
that tho he’s repulsive & reptilian
even reptiles seek to suffer less,
and in that way,
he’s like me & u
- and on this basis I can
wrap myself around his felt innocence
(& still not think he’s innocent
or suitable for the Supreme Court).
It’s a perspective that can only stand on the belief that pure evil doesn’t exist...
even though if it did,
it would certainly be in politics...
If you choose to read, rest assured the expanse of my empathy repulses me too and for all it’s obscurity I simply apologize on behalf of academia...
Please, tear my logic apart
then, let’s tear down the powers that be.
Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum.
#confabulationstation#grappling#freezefeelsfinetho#somethingaboutvalidation#humanistpolemic#sfsu#complit#immadtoo cus yea #metoo
New favorite pyjama shirt. Will definitely be packing this one for ACLA. Only thing that bothers me is, is Derrida still just Derrida here, or has Derrida become a verb?
Unfunning explanation for uninvolved friends and family: University of Chicago's unofficial motto is "where fun comes to die." I have a lot of problems with this motto, as, tbh, Reedies have both more homework and more fun than U of C undergrads and yet the U of C undergrads think they're not having fun because there's too much work, but actually, they might have more fun, just maybe, if they had MORE work and then had to let off steam in absolutely unpredictable ways such as making kombucha at home to sell at the student cafe or building a structurally sound couch swing (not to minimize the genuine anguish and self-doubt we all endured there). I'm just sayin... So it makes much more sense to say our department is where fun comes to Derrida. Sure, whatever that means.
Yaaaaas. Though I’m not sure I have time to write a good paper. I’ll be presenting on the failure of ancient apocalyptic literature to move beyond the imperial imaginary #gradstudent#complit#conference
The detailing of this thick knit hooded cardigan are just fantastic!🍂 I especially love the sleeves! 😍 So happy that 99% of the snow that fell yesterday is gone! 👐 Hope it doesn't come back for a long time! 🤚 More outfit details on my blog 💻 blog link is in my Instagram profile 😊 #itsallinthedetails#mustard#fall
Here’s the info for two great lectures we’re hosting this month - save the dates!
Monday 10/15 at 4 pm: Professor Monica Azzolini, from the Università di Bologna will give a talk called “The Image, The Saint and the Earthquake: Francisco Borja and the politics of God and Nature in the Spanish Empire”.
Thursday 10/18 at 5:30 pm: Professor Mario Barenghi from the Università di Milano-Bicocca will give a talk called “Questioni di dettaglio: La fenomenologia dell’egoismo nei Promessi Sposi di Alessandro Manzoni”.
We hope to see you there!