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Returning from break...

I. Welcome back...relevant stories?

II. Reporting on my own visit to the

Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home:
a dance of welcome and exclusion....


II. An appropriate "framing" for today's discussion,
from your reports on "what needs working on" here:
getting everyone involved in our conversations:
--posting on the forum more punctually/everyone participation
--What I thought needed some work was more participation
--How about everybody gets a turn to speak? 1) speaks, 2) then speaks so on...
----my only qualm is where class discussions go...
a lot of the students defer from a central point and go on their own rants....
--I sometimes feel as though we are expected to say something
extremely wise & profound, and that sometimes feels like a lot of pressure
--I feel like if I don't say something very intelligent, I'm polluting the forum.
--I would like to hear more from those "quieter" students as I do believe
they have a lot of wonderful knowledge to pass on.
--I sometimes don't get a chance to say something because
I'm not quick enough before the topic moves on.
--Discussion involving responding to others is difficult for me;
I feel I'm just jumping in, mentioning things relevent to me
but not engaging with my clasmates.

working on our essays together:
--Editing papers in class for me is difficult
--Sometimes I think that we should spend less time on
reading each other's work and more on discussion
--I think we should find a way to spend less time readng our peers' papers and
more time analyzing them....I think we could go farther.

working on revising?
--what isn't working for me is some of the revising ideas. I'm not sure exactly...
working with the other section?
--I am curious about this other section of our storytelling class...
I'd almost like to sit in on the other section for a day or
us all have class together one day...
III. On Thursday, moving on to unit 3 of the course,
(after personal stories, and science's stories.....)
recognizing and using/apprehending and absorbing the (brain of the) storyteller....



"The Brain--is wider than the Sky--
For--put them side by side--
The one the other will contain
With ease--and You--beside--

The Brain is deeper than the sea--
For--hold them--Blue to Blue--
The one the other will absorb--
As Sponges--Buckets--do

The Brain is just the weight of God--
For--Heft them--Pound for Pound--
And they will differ--if they do--
As Syllable from Sound"

Emily Dickinson. 1896; rpt. The Complete Poems.
Ed. Thomas Johnson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960.


For Thursday, read two selections from the course pack:
20 pp. from Michael Polanyi's 1967 The Tacit Dimension.
40 pp. from George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's "Philosophy in the Flesh:
The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought.

As usual, post your responses on-line...

IV. For today, reading together a couple of papers on why we might/not re-tell stories....

V. First: a reminder of context: our conversation, before break,
on "Darwin's dangerous idea," and
why we might (need to?) tell the story of souls....