What are you thinking about?: An Open Thread

What are you reading?  Are you presenting material at a conference?  Colloquium?  Overwhelmed by teaching?  Studying?  Getting some exercise?!?  Going crazy?

I just heard a completely nifty lecture about anorthopic vision; that’s when you see some object moving behind a split in a scene,  but you really want to say you see the whole thing.  Alva Noe calls this “presence in absence,” and the work just heard may well be destructive of his account.  So I’m discussing empirical work and philosophy’s vulnerability to it with my students.  On a very different topic, Appiah’s most recent books, Experiments in Ethics, discusses similar meta-issues.

And then there are the really big issues, such as the Western and/or World economy or, perhaps, that Palin could be ‘the leader of the free world.’  I wouldn’t always assume that the US election is of world interest, but recent visitors assure me that this possibility is horrifying lots and lots of people around the world.

What’s there’s the personal impact of all this?  Have you retired recently?  Are you hoping to have the first wave of baby boomer profs retire so jobs will open up?  What’s going to happen to funding for education as the crsis persists?  Are you a  student who depends on money your family has invested for you?  Or a  job that now may not last?

O, and trivial sign of a possible new irritant:  PALIN IMITATIONS!


The Daily Mail thinks this is an Amy Winehouse imitation. I don’t think so.

Let us know what’s going on with you!