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Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry

“It was a musical thing and you were supposed to dance…”

I have to thank GNA Garcia for referring me to this brief animation from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, set to the narration of philosopher Alan Watts. It is an interesting thread to connect to some of the conversation in the comments of the Cornell West video post, where Tobey Steeves has pointed out Deleuze’s fascination with philosophy’s need “to go to school with the musicians.”

What do you think about Alan Watts’ musical analogy? Is the comparison he is making to our education system, or our societal view of ‘success’ apt?


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HS Gifted program teacher interested in the world out there, the world in here, and blending the two at every opportunity.


2 thoughts on ““It was a musical thing and you were supposed to dance…”

  1. I feel tempted to say that a lot of people never reach success so many don’t even get that gratification. However I don’t find that school has to be that dreary as it may sound in the video, especially in countries such as Canada. I think there is great value of teaching everyone the basis such as reading, but when we get to higher grades we can choose what we want to learn about, I don’t have a single subject that I didn’t want to take this year. Not to mention that after you’re 15 you can drop out of school, things may not be easy if one does that, but it is a choice. Even if one does stay in school, I know my life does not solely revolve around it. It depends on who you are, some people have to chase that “success” others are happy without it.

    Posted by 113marianag | September 17, 2012, 12:02 am


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