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Rorty, non-foundationalism, and story telling: possibilities and problems

A Conversation

Begun by Paul Grobstein and Bharath Vallabha starting with Paths to Story Telling as Life: Fellow Travelling with Richard Rorty.  Others are warmly invited to chime in in the forum area at the end.

Bharath, 12 May 2009
I read your post on Rorty and found it very interesting and thought provoking. One question it raises for me is:
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Biological, cultural, and individual evolution

"Booming, buzzing confusion":
Its role in biological, cultural, and individual evolution

Some reflections on The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories, Spring, 2009 (in progress).  With thanks for everyone's participation in story evolution ...

The long, wide perspective

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Art, Science, and Serendipity

There must be something in the air this month ...

All unrelated, so far as I know, except here, where they all connect to ....

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The Conscious and the Unconscious in Literature, Art ... and Life

The Evolving Story of the Bipartite Brain

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Cezanne and Beyond ... and Back Again: Beyond Method/Interpretation in Art/Science

An interesting juxtaposition of a visit to Cezanne and Beyond at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a course conversation about "Against Method' in science and "Against Interpretation" in art.  Some thoughts about the latter from an on-line forum ...

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The Significance of Story in Brain and Mental Health

Background reading


  • Rachel Reiland, Get Me Out of Here, 2004
  • Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, Divided Minds, 2005
  • Daniel Tammet, Born on a Blue Day, 2006
  • John Elder Robison, Look Me in the Eye, 2007
  • Howard Dully and Charles Fleming, My Lobotomy, 2007
  • Elyn R. Saks, The Center Cannot Hold, 2007
  • Richard Powers, The Echo Maker, 2006 (fiction)


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Thoughts about science and medicine

A very interesting and important article in the NYTimes magazine this Sunday: "The Medical Detectives: What's Wrong with Summer Stiers?" Focusing on one patient enrolled in a new National Institutes of Health "Undiagnosed Diseases Program" the article raises hopes and tugs heart strings, ending with Stiers recognition that "she couldn't offer any real information about her disease until she was dead and donated her body to science" but

"She even dares to hope ... that the scientists might learn something that will point them to a way to ease her own psychic and physical pain."

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Evolution: What's the Problem? What Can We Do About It?

Notes for a discussion in the Cafe Scientifique at Bryn Mawr College on 23 February 2009

moderated by Paul Grobstein and Anne Dalke


Background (partial):

For discussion:

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The risks and potentials of thinking

"Serendip is a gathering place for people who suspect that life's instructions are always ambiguous and incomplete ... an expanding forum and a continually developing set of resources to explore and support intellectual and social change ... in how one makes sense of life" .... Serendip home page

An interesting/satisfying Serendip couple of days ... 

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Science and art, art and science, and .... life

My old colleague and friend Eric Raimy posted some interesting thoughts in Facebook recently.   Some excerpts for those who can't get there directly, followed by some thoughts of my own ...

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