Above please find the criteria for this week’s assignments to be blogged here on the #Philosophy12 site.
Face-to-Face / For-Credit Participants (that’s you, block two!): Please fulfill the criteria to the best of your ability in the time allotted. If you would like to amend the assignments or riff in an as-yet-undescribed manner, see me during class Wednesday to discuss before setting out in your own personal direction.
Open-Online Participants (that’s you, anyone else who’s reading this blog!): Fulfill any piece or part of the above criteria, comment on For-Credit posts, ask questions, supply articles, videos, or links to interesting material that might serve others in the quest to explore and understand logic as it works in our day-to-day world. Post links, questions, or other input to the #Philosophy12 hashtag on Twitter, or jump in with both feet and drop three fully-formed posts on us as if you were taking the class for credit (I’ll see what I can do about getting some accreditation your way).
To whet your logician’s whistle (maybe someone would like to dream up that schematic), here are some posts from last year’s trip through introductory logic and reason (Note: last year’s assignment was slightly different that this years and will not serve as a valuable template for For Credit participants):
- Leanne’s Particularly Good Finders
Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders.
I am a Hufflepuff.
Therefore, I am a particularly good finder.
If you can’t see [Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Trall], it can’t see you.
If you wrap a towel around your head, you can’t see [Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Trall].
Therefore, the beast can’t see you, rendering itself useless in it’s efforts to try to eat you.
- Liam’s Political Proofs:
The Conservative Party stands for fiscal responsibility and accountability.
The Liberal Party opposes the Conservative Party.
Therefore, the Liberal Party opposes fiscal responsibility and accountability.
And as we have already begun to make his acquaintance this semester, I would like to extend a personal invitation and thanks to Mr. Stephen Downes, who brought such a comprehensive and illuminating perspective to our logical studies last year, and is (aside from being one of the pioneers in open learning from whom this course draws great inspiration) an outstanding example of an intellectual living in a global, digital community.
We are fortunate and grateful for his participation!