phisopholy

Alternatively

 
Lately been seeing, again, conversation about the song "Baby Its Cold Outside" and people explaining period context and significance to indicate that this song, often interpreted as being about rape, is not 'really' or originally so. One thing: analysis of the historical cultural context of art is valuable and informative, and may lead us to re-evaluate works we thought we already understood. Two thing: culture changes, and as it changes so does the reception of art. The song "Baby Its Cold...

Random Star Wars thoughts

 
Saw some folk talking about the forgiveability or lack thereof of Darth Vader, particularly wert the murder of children. The prequel films had not been made at the time Return of the Jedi had been released, and I don't believe Lucas' claims of having planned the whole thing out from the beginning, so usually I am not interested in judging the first three Star Wars films on the basis of actions or emotions depicted in the prequels. I also don't recall Luke saying at any point that he forgave...

Absurdly

 
Listening to an episode of The Philosopher's Zone this morning, The Sorites Paradox. I haven't listened to the whole episode yet but was struck by the guest Dominic Hyde's explanation of what a paradox is. All paradoxes are characterised by the following general set of features: that we proceed by apparently valid reasoning, that is, apparently good reasoning, from apparently true assumptions to an apparently absurd conclusion. This shed a lot of light for me, as I had previously believed that...