MOVING TO FRONT FROM YESTERDAY--IN COMMENTS, TAMAR GENDLER SUGGESTS POSTING OTHER EXAMPLES OF PARODIES AND JOKE ARTICLES FROM PHILOSOPHY JOURNALS
It seems so! As Alex Rosenberg (Duke) wrote to me, "'Stoppism', by one Myrtle Willoughby...is about whether local stops and express stops exist owing to local trains and express trains or not, and the author shares her (?) name with a station in the NYC subway system." What say you readers?
Noting this study, Jason Stanley (Rutgers) remarked on Facebook (he gave me permission to quote it): "The two top universities in the United States for illegal downloading of pirated movies are the ones with the two top philosophy departments in the United States. Philosophy encourages thrift!"
Tad Brennan (Cornell), noting Professor Koons's claim that "each professor of the humanities is free to make the classroom into a laboratory of untrammeled fantasy," writes: "Man, have I been doing it wrong...."
Most of the responses to the earlier tempest in a teapot were pretty feeble (or maybe it's just that tweeting wrecks your mind? more than blogging even?), but the funniest comment is due to Tim O'Keefe (Georgia State):
I don't get why a philosophy talk would be the sort of thing people would want insta-updates and immediate reactions to anyway. Can't it wait a little while, at least an hour or two after the presentation? I can see why for something like the presidential debates folks might be anxious for it immediately, but a colloquium? "Bombshell time! OMG BL says Niet epiphenomist about consciousness! lol!!! WHat's arg 4 that? Can't wait"
UPDATE: A reader has kindly informed me that my title just betrays my complete ignorance of trends in popular culture. "Bro Culture," which the linked site parodies, has to do with (in the words of my correspondent)"polo shirts with popped collars, ridiculous handshakes, sunglasses indoors... many of the absurdities of modern frat culture are roughly bro-ish. If I close my eyes and picture a 'bro,' he's a musclebound white guy with a bad tan." This has nothing to do with Hip-Hop.
ANATOMY PRIZE: Frans de Waal [The Netherlands and USA] and Jennifer Pokorny [USA] for discovering that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually from seeing photographs of their rear ends....
Just what the world was waiting for! The author, Krista Wilson, now teaches at Soka University in California (it's her son in the photos!). Both Professor Wilson and Micah Lewin, who sent me the link, tell me kids enjoy it. Here, courtesy of Mr. Lewin, is another photo from the board book:
(Thanks to the many different readers who sent this.)
UPDATE: Rob Tempio points out that Justin Bieber (talentless teen hearthrob) has merged with Martin Buber (somewhat more talented, but not as popular as he once was, existential philosopher) to tweet as Justin Buber.
Mitch McConnell is a rather notorious reactionary Senator from Kentucky. Brandon Look (University of Kentucky), recent winner of an NEH, shares the following funny story regarding his award:
Before I received official word, my wife Ingrid got a phone call in Kentucky, "Hi, this is Sarah [Something-or-other] from Senator Mitch McConnell's office. May I speak with Brandon Look?" -- Ingrid: "He's not here. And we're sick and tired of calls from politicians. We're not giving any money to anyone. Good bye!" -- "No, no, no, don't hang up! It's not about that. It's about the grant." -- "What??" Anyway, what a surprise: McConnell tries his best to ax everything of this sort; but if you bring some money back to the state, you get a congratulatory phone call.
Continental Philosophy Farhang Erfani, a philosopher at American University, provides a useful set of links to news, events, interviews, reviews, videos, etc. related to "Continental philosophy" (broadly construed)