In the space created by my silence another voice spoke up: “We can’t know that we really know anything because there’s no way of, like, getting outside ourselves to check.” I had just figured out what I was going to say when a third student chimed in: “What about the scientific method? The fact that there’s no speaker on the bottom or sides means that the audio can get pretty muffled if you flip the screen around and watch a video in stand mode, however. I was only able to knock one loose with a violent shake of the case — similar to how you’d shake a ketchup bottle to get the last remaining bits at the bottom. You’ve read one of your four complimentary articles for this month. You can read four articles free per month. I was surprised, even panicked, when at the bell signaling the beginning of the pre-lunch free period, seventeen students passed through my door. My lofty plans for debates and essays faded in favor of simple philosophical conversation once a week during free period – the very free period when, incidentally, other students were playing floor hockey, forming and breaking tentative romances, or marveling at the lethal killing power of androids in the latest first-person-shooter game.
Freshman Biology conducts a lab where the students house a slug among lettuce and various other roughage in a jar for a week, during which time they carefully observe its behavior. High school is a time and a place where embarrassment is felt most acutely, perhaps. All of the performers this time around mate home-built, tactile electronics to powerful, minimalist filmic images, macheteing out new swaths of the electronic jungle for intrepid explorers. The Premiere was designed to be a product that complements its environment seamlessly as opposed to standing out. The crowd went silent again, and all eyes eagerly turned towards me, standing near the white board holding an uncapped green marker. The gathering had been advertised by my announcement in homeroom that morning: I would be holding an informational meeting for all those interested in forming a Philosophy Club. I had planned on five, perhaps six students showing up – nothing I’d have to prepare too much for; just a few extemporaneous remarks on philosophy and the usual haggling over scheduling a weekly meeting to talk about it. Michael J. Brown finds assumptions challenged in his Philosophy Club.
We gave him a home on a table near the door of the classroom, and brandishing him in homeroom, I announced that philosophical questions could be anonymously submitted to ‘Aristotle’ for consideration by the Philosophy Club. I needed a way for students to be able to submit philosophical questions anonymously for the club’s discussion. In Issue 43 of Philosophy Now, teacher Michael Brett of Lochinvar House School in Potters Bar, England, wrote about overseeing a group of 12-year-old students who had recently completed a paper on Plato. As the weeks passed, the original clot of seventeen students turned into a dedicated group of eight or nine who showed up regularly. Seventeen in a high school of only one hundred and sixty. The seventeen shuffled in and sat on top of the desks arrayed in a crescent around my classroom. Andrew, perhaps intending to use his jar for a future creature habitat, had left it stored in his locker outside my classroom. Soon the jar was full of impossibly folded scraps of notebook or graph-paper bearing all sorts of questions – “Is the world very big or very small?
The solution came in the form of Andrew’s slug jar. What I came to witness in Philosophy Club pointed the way toward a synthesis of these views. Despite their apparent contradiction, both views seem plausible in relation to commonly held beliefs about children: they are highly susceptible to suggestion, even indoctrination, and yet they also demonstrate a greater sense of wonder and openness to new ideas than adults do. And now they were confusing their settled, unquestioning conviction with knowledge.” Thus appeared two seemingly divergent views of children and philosophy in the space of two dozen pages. Short Throw vs. Long Throw – There are two types of projectors that can be used inside of golf simulators, short throw, and long throw. Multimedia projectors start around 2500 lumens, going up to around 4500 lumens or so, though the line gets blurry between multimedia and fixed installation. Some projectors require manual adjustment, and some calculate the required correction automatically. The VIVIDSTORM 8K UHD is fairly expensive, although this screen’s cost is greatly offset by the fantastic quality it offers. And if you’re eyeing the 8-inch Tab S2, the new iPad Mini 4 is worth considering as well: It offers basically the same specs as last year’s iPad Air 2, except in a smaller form factor.