V for Vendetta Study Questions & Thought Experiments

13 12 2011

Updated slightly in the era of Occupy

V for Vendetta Thought Experiments in handout/flier format

1. A sustainable society only has to be built once. What unsustainable methods would you support in such an endeavor?

2. How much of a fascist will you become in service to the revolution?

3. Name the 3 worst things our current administration has done. Imagine that somehow these were part of a long term, insanely subversive plot to do good… How good would the good have to be to justify the wrong?

4. What things distinguish the criminal from the civilian from the citizen?

5. Do Hollywood movies ever serve anything like a true revolution? Read the rest of this entry »





Opening Doors at Mills College

23 08 2011

1. I want to dive into some man’s thoughtful blog about his experiences as a man, navigating the world of a women’s college, but I haven’t found one yet.

2. It happened again today: I got to a door first, reached to open it out, the woman arriving on the other side took it the rest of the way, & I stalled between the choice of switching feet & holding it for her while she passed through the narrow space left for me, or moving to one side & letting her pass through entirely, or passing through myself & saying thank you.

3. I chose the latter, & felt awkward, which is inevitable & strange.

4. As Sr!n! wrote on a bumper sticker sometime, “America is a slow motion race riot.”

5. An odd moment in the grad lounge, 3 men sitting around the table & me at a computer.  Did the atmosphere change in that moment or did I just feel different? Read the rest of this entry »





Holiday Season Study Questions and Thought Experiments

24 11 2010

Here’s a wide ranging exploration of the thoughts and feelings that lie behind these days of cheer and churning.  For those who prefer a more structured reflection/resolution process, you might avail yourself of the THE HOLIDAY ENDGAME WORKSHEET, based on a workshop I attended last year at Studio Naga in Oakland.

Either way, good days and good meals and good fellowship to you all!

  1. I dread the holiday season because:
  2. I can’t wait for the holiday season because:
  3. I get anxious around the holidays because:
  4. I get giddy around the holidays because:
  5. Of all the holidays, the one that means the most to me is: Read the rest of this entry »




9th Neuroesthetics Conference Study Questions and Thought Experiments

12 01 2010

1. What’s your favorite metaphor for time? A river flowing? A road being traveled?

2. Can time be experienced without resorting to units of measurement?

3. Time is often discussed using measurements of distance; long versus short.  What might “a wide time,” or “a narrow time” mean?

4. What are the physical properties of time?

5. What aspects of time are independent of the instrument of measurement?

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Where the Wild Things Are Study Questions and Thought Experiments

16 10 2009

1. Describe the parenting philosophy demonstrated in the story.
Where the Wild Things Ought To BeCongress is coming back soon

2. Is Sendak giving an accurate portrayal of the imaginary life of a child, or is he giving a lesson on how to handle tantrums?

3. Have you ever been taking care of a child, and suddenly felt as though you were in charge of a feral beast? What triggered that feeling? How did you deal with it?
4. Is Max’s voyage objectively real, or is it all in his imagination? Give evidence from the text and pictures.
5. What lesson does Max learn? Read the rest of this entry »




Watchmen Study Questions and Thought Experiments

6 03 2009

Watchmen Thought Experiments

(Drafted before seeing the film)

1. Do you believe the course of history is managed by secret cabals, shadow governments, or other conspiracies?

2. How are police officers distinct from government sanctioned costumed superheroes?

3. Of the liberties and freedoms you enjoy, which are preserved through your own vigilance?

4. Which are preserved and protected by forces outside yourself?

5. Does the human capacity for violence, hatred, and other horrors result because of childhood experiences?

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Pastoral WHERE of the road?

20 06 2007

For all the news articles and web posts about the Pope’s new edict on Pastoral Care of the Road, I can’t find any links to the actual document. How am I supposed to print this out and put in my car if I can’t find it? What good is the news cycle about the novelty of this thing if it doesn’t actually direct people to the thing itself? Read the rest of this entry »