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Daily Archive for Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

definition of realist

james bradley thayer writes about the a law of super heroes
james bradley thayer
teacher of evidence

My student Jay Hook tells me:

Thayer’s talk, “Trial by Jury of Things Supernatural” was originally giving
to a ‘dining group’, then published in Atlantic Monthly (April, 1890, Vol. 65,
p. 465). Later it was one of the articles in Ezra Ripley Thayer (ed) Legal
Essays (Boston, 1908).

In the paper, J.B. Thayer reports two trials from the 1600’s in England and
Scotland which put down the legal foundation for the Salem witch trials over
here. In each, jurors were asked to decide whether young women’s afflictions
were caused by the supernatural machinations of people called witches.
Thayer’s concern is the extent to which judges do or should control the
information going to the jurors. He points out that the law of England at that
time explicitly recognized the supernatural as ‘real’, a fact that made the
non-believing judge’s task a bit more complicated than it would be today (i.e.
in 1890). Also, at that time the jury’s decision on the facts was final
whether they acquitted (like now) or convicted (not like now), at least in
criminal cases.

thayer is a “realist” as the “word” is canonized by david kennedy and terry fisher
what is the true meaning of this word
what the core idea

My student Steve Kalnoki tells me that in “On Truth and Lies in the Non-Moral Sense” Neitzsche says:

“Every word instantly becomes a concept precisely insofar as it is not supposed to serve as a reminder of the unique and entirely individual original experience to which it owes its origin; but rather, a word becomes a concept insofar as it simultaneously has to fit countless more or less similar cases — which means, purely and simply, cases which are never equal and thus altogether unequal. Every concept arises from the equation of unequal things. Just as it is certain that one leaf is never totally the same as another, so it is certain that the concept “leaf” is formed by arbitrarily discarding these individual differences and by forgetting the distinguishing aspects. [. . .] What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and; anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. Truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions- they are metaphors that have become worn out and have been drained of sensuous force, coins which have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer as coins.”

what happens when marvel comics comes to harvard

who would be curious enough to participate in this venture

track of my thoughts

i want to you to help me offer a new form of learning. here's my lecture outline. for liz wallen

0. 0pencourseware

I. the I in MIT

II. Modern Liberty

III. The third side of the NECKER CUBE

iiii. YOU

) freedom from grades, change paradyme to group work, jsb

- a new way of teaching EVIDENCE


:- three hats from scratch

-: help me write a new casebook for ramsi

:-) help me put across pass fail for brianne

-:) help me help kevin to save gail ortega and reconstitute jamaica

second thoughts
outline for our new casebook
meetings next week with reed elsivier
meet february 5 at the berkman center
meet tonight in second life
meet tomorrow in croquet

we speak for university

d of c

third thoughts
open grading, let them see it as it goes along, pitch in, why not talk about it in the medium
what does it mean to be an artist
to be a connoisieur
to paint in your medium one dimension up

means at our disposal
four days free
groups already formed
students behind us who have done great work and learned a lot
learning and digital skills in our hands

understanding the force we are up against
in the battle of good and evil

which side are WE on, declare it now, duncan kennedy's warning
we are on the side of good wanting to understand evil 
how do we do it

knowing that both is in US

should we hear the words of dersh and chomsky

we are what we feel
we think we are what we infer from what comes into us
the square root of minus one

for e thoughts
law and emotion
for matt and becca and david and elizabeth and all on odessey
for alex and diane

youtube socrates eon 
i'd like to take you on an adventure with me
a berkman clinical program
to raise the google question
to solve the problem of funding croquet
to make peace with the lords of content

to learn to use cyber as learning space
by teaching recursive empathic argument
good programming programming good
engaging new in story told in code and lived in real

organize a network of empathic english speakers to translate al jazeera to america and a structure to constrain their work to product with a neutral pov

frame and mount a challenge to the wiki world

we can help each other do what it is we want to do
join and share our passion

lesson plan for today january 15, 2007
what does it mean to testify
what does it mean to put your testimonial capacity in EVIDENCE
joel shellhammer
how bout a field trip to aquinah some time in the spring

ruth friendly, fred friendly, Internet & Society, use of the question tool
he wanted to make peace using this method in his business, and to a great extent he did, but then went on to get seduced by entertainment ultimately turning the method into a bore
 the clip from ogletree

so today, january 18, 7:59 am

i feel you will love each other
may i have your permission to share
my morning thoughts you have here in audio
once i link it in
i want to go no farther in my lesson plan before recursion

learn to moderate

up a dimension

last night at sandrines with zittrain’s generativity for intense discussion of problem theory and solution. what’s his title – generativity a dimension up, that would be mine, the role of university as a player in cyberspace. you have met the digitally enhanced individual. now meet digitally enhanced university. what is the role of university in cyberspace. what function do we perform. we contest in rhetorical space for the role of teacher, organizer of classroom, exemplar of moderate as an active verb.