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3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner –…

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first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply February 10, 2019 at 8:33 am Wow! What a winner! What a principle? What an opportunity? What if one life was changed for the better? What if that one person was you? What if ..? Chaz Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2 COMMENTS I truly enjoyed third read!… Thank you. Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, at Boston University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate charles towne By Lee McIntyre, Boston UniversityThe life choices that had led me to be sitting in a booth underneath a banner that read “Ask a Philosopher” – at the entrance to the New York City subway at 57th and 8th – were perhaps random but inevitable.I’d been a “public philosopher” for 15 years, so I readily agreed to join my colleague Ian Olasov when he asked for volunteers to join him at the “Ask a Philosopher” booth. This was part of the latest public outreach effort by the American Philosophical Association, which was having its annual January meeting up the street.I’d taught before – even given speeches – but this seemed weird. Would anyone stop? Would they give us a hard time?I sat between Ian and a splendid woman who taught philosophy in the city, thinking that even if we spent the whole time talking to one another, it would be an hour well spent.Then someone stopped.At first glance, it was hard to tell if she was a penniless nomad or an emeritus professor, but then she took off her hat and psychedelic scarf and came over to the desk and announced, “I’ve got a question. I’m in my late 60s. I’ve just had life threatening surgery, but I got through it.”She showed us the jagged scar on her neck. “I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life,” she said. “I’ve got a master’s degree. I’m happily retired and divorced. But I don’t want to waste any more time. Can you help?”Wow. One by one, we all asked her to elaborate on her situation and offered tidbits of advice, centering on the idea that only she could decide what gave her life meaning. I suggested that she might reach out to others who were also searching, then she settled in for a longer discussion with Ian.And then it happened: A crowd gathered.At first I thought they were there to eavesdrop, but as it turned out they had their own existential concerns. A group of teenagers engaged the philosopher on my right. One young woman, who turned out to be a sophomore in college, stepped away from the group with a serious concern. “Why can’t I be happier in my life? I’m only 20. I should be as happy as I’m ever going to be right now, but I’m not. Is this it?”It was my turn. “Research has shown that what makes us happy is achieving small goals one after the other,” I said. “If you win the lottery, within six months you’ll probably be back to your baseline of happiness. Same if you got into an accident. You can’t just achieve happiness and stay there, you have to pursue it.”“So I’m stuck?” she said.“No…” I explained. “Your role in this is huge. You’ve got to choose the things that make you happy one by one. That’s been shown from Aristotle all the way down to cutting-edge psychological research. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”She brightened a bit, while her friends were still puzzling over whether color was a primary or secondary property. They thanked us and moved on.Suddenly, the older woman who had stopped by initially seemed satisfied with what Ian had told her, and said that she had to be on her way as well.Again it was quiet. Some who passed by were pointing and smiling. A few took pictures. It must have looked odd to see three philosophers sitting in a row with “Ask a Philosopher” over our heads, amidst the bagel carts and jewelry stalls.During the quiet I reflected for a moment on what had just happened. A group of strangers had descended upon us not to make fun, but because they were carrying around some real philosophical baggage that had long gone unanswered. If you’re in a spiritual crisis, you go to your minister or rabbi. If you have psychological concerns, you might seek out a therapist. But what to do if you don’t quite know where you fit into this world and you’re tired of carrying that burden alone?And then I spotted her … an interlocutor who would be my toughest questioner of the day. She was about 6 years old and clutched her mother’s hand as she craned her neck to stare at us. Her mother stopped, but the girl hesitated. “It’s OK,” I offered. “Do you have a philosophical question?” The girl smiled at her mother, then let go of her hand to walk over to the booth. She looked me dead in the eye and said: “How do I know I’m real?”Suddenly I was back in graduate school. Should I talk about the French philosopher Rene Descartes, who famously used the assertion of skepticism itself as proof of our existence, with the phrase “I think, therefore I am?” Or, mention English philosopher G.E. Moore and his famous “here is one hand, here is the other,” as proof of the existence of the external world?Or, make a reference to the movie “The Matrix,” which I assumed, given her age, she wouldn’t have seen? But then the answer came to me. I remembered that the most important part of philosophy was feeding our sense of wonder. “Close your eyes,” I said. She did. “Well, did you disappear?” She smiled and shook her head, then opened her eyes. “Congratulations, you’re real.”She grinned broadly and walked over to her mother, who looked back at us and smiled. My colleagues patted me on the shoulder and I realized that my time was up. Back to the conference to face some easier questions on topics like “Academic Philosophy and its Responsibilities in a Post-Truth World.” Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 February 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm Maria Elena Franco Please enter your comment! 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All KPK employees to have PCR tests after seven infected with COVID-19

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first_imgIn addition, the KPK is reinforcing a number of protocols, including rearranging elevator capacity and spraying disinfectant periodically in its Merah Putih building and at the Anticorruption Learning Center (ACLC) in South Jakarta.The antigraft body is also providing a hotline for emergency information services, requiring all employees to wear a mask both in the office and outside as well as rearranging seats and prohibiting collective use of personal equipment.Since May, as many as seven KPK employees have tested positive for COVID-19, five of whom have recovered, Ali said.One infected employee was still in self-isolation, while the other one was being treated at a hospital and in a stable condition while awaiting a follow-up test result, he added.The KPK has also tracked down close contacts of the seven employees to minimize the potential for transmission.Topics : The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is having polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted on all employees after seven people within the body got infected with the coronavirus.”We will immediately conduct swab tests on all employees in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the KPK,” the commission’s acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said in a statement on Wednesday.Ali said the tests would be held in two phases, with the first phase taking place on Wednesday and Thursday this week and the second phase from Monday to Thursday next week.last_img read more

Unai Emery explains why he’s starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette vs Manchester City

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first_imgEmery has never got the better of Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Emery has opted to start with a 3-4-3 formation against Pep Guardiola’s champions and urged his team to play with ‘personality’.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The system for me is not important,’ he explained.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘For me, our way to find our way on the pitch is starting with work and we need to be together in attacking and defending moments.‘Also then play with our personality. And we are thinking we can be stronger today with these players on the pitch.’MORE: Liverpool the wrong club for Timo Werner as proved by Naby Keita, insists RB Leipzig manager Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 4:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Aubameyang and Lacazette start at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has explained why he’s decided to start both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette against Manchester City.The Spaniard has made two changes to his Arsenal team which defeated Cardiff on Tuesday night, with Laurent Koscielny and Alex Iwobi returning to the starting XI. Mesut Ozil and Mohamed Elneny have been named among the substitutes.Aubameyang and Lacazatte both scored against Neil Warnock’s side and Emery has kept the faith by starting the attacking duo at the Etihad.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’re playing a lot of matches together,’ Emery told Sky Sports ahead of kick-off.ADVERTISEMENT‘Sometimes they can play like a striker and sometimes Aubameyang can play on the right or left. But I want to find with them the best performance to help the team.’ Comment Unai Emery explains why he’s starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette vs Manchester City Advertisementlast_img read more

United confirm Mata agreement

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first_imgManchester United have announced they have reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign Juan Mata. “The offer, compared with what the club paid two years ago (when Mata signed from Valencia), was fantastic.” It is thought United have agreed to pay £37million for Mata, smashing the club record £30.75m they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. Voted Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two seasons, Mata has failed to win over Mourinho and ended up being squeezed out due to the form of Oscar and Eden Hazard. Yet Mourinho insists the former Valencia man leaves with his best wishes. “We hope he does well,” said Mourinho. “We are convinced he is going to do well. “If Manchester United pay their record for a player it’s because they know exactly what they want. “They are convinced he’s going to be important for them. “In spite of probably many clubs, many boards and many managers think you can’t sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play, we feel and we think differently. “The player deserves respect, the player deserves to be happy and to play where he wants to play.” Desperate to preserve his place in Spain’s World Cup squad, Mata has jumped at the opportunity to help revive United’s fortunes. And while his arrival alone cannot guarantee Moyes will steer his club back into the Champions League places, it does at least underline the determination within the Old Trafford hierarchy to return them back to their previous status as top dogs, which has slipped so alarmingly this term. Press Association “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Chelsea Football Club for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club-record fee,” said United in a statement. “The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. “A further announcement will be made in due course.” It has seemed just a matter of time before Friday night’s announcement was made, with it becoming obvious Mata would be joining United as early as Tuesday. Although manager David Moyes refused to discuss the 25-year-old following Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final loss to Sunderland, sources involved in the deal had confirmed it was close to being agreed. And the seal was put on the switch by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho when he spoke to the media on Friday lunchtime. “It’s what he wants,” said Mourinho. “It’s what he asked us to accept. Chelsea Football Club is proud to act this way, in an open way, in a human way. The midfielder will have a medical, almost certainly on Saturday, and personal terms are also still to be agreed. However, unless there are any hitches, Mata will make his debut in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Cardiff at Old Trafford. last_img read more

Dutch Grand Prix cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic

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first_imgThe 2020 Dutch Grand Prix has been cancelled because of the global coronavirus pandemic.The race – returning to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1985 – was due to be held on 3 May but was initially postponed.“We were completely ready for this race and we still are,” said Dutch Grand Prix sports director Jan Lammers.“We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.“We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”F1 bosses are still in the process of putting together a revised calendar for this season. Two races at Silverstone have been agreed – provided the British government’s quarantine rules can exempt major sporting events.Belgium is another one of the countries at which F1 hopes to hold a race, after Austria was agreed before the Silverstone deal.Among the other potential hosts are the tracks originally intended to hold races this year in Spain, Hungary, France and Italy.Hockenheim in Germany, which was not on the original schedule, is on standby in case there is a vacant slot other tracks cannot fill.Each of the 10 teams will be limited to a maximum of 80 people each at races held without spectators when the delayed season gets going in July.last_img read more

Triple-Crown winning jockey to throw first pitch tonight at Dodger Stadium

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Freeway Series is set to conclude Saturday at Angel Stadium. The Angels won Thursday’s series opener, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium, with Todd Cunningham singling in Rey Navarro with the tie-breaking run with two outs in the eighth inning.Today’s game will be the last at Dodger Stadium until the Dodgers sold- out home opener April 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. LOS ANGELES — Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharoah to thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978 last year, will throw the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Freeway Series game at Dodger Stadium.The national anthem will be sung by county singer/songwriter Dani Rose, the lead singer of the female trio Honey Country.U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric Davis of Eagle Rock will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game.Auto gates will open at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 5:10 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.last_img read more