Friday, January 18, 2013

Hi everyone, welcome to Spring Semester 2013! And welcome to The Dance of Reason, the new blog of the Sacramento State Department of Philosophy.

This blog is an experiment. The basic idea is to try to break down the barriers imposed by the classroom and encourage the exchange of ideas between students and professors who otherwise may not get the chance to do so.

As for the name. Most people would not think to compare reason to dance, but the similarities are striking when you begin to think about it. Excellence in reasoning requires a cooperative attitude, a litheness of step and a lightness of being that prevents us from taking ourselves too seriously.  As philosophers, we do not assign reason the plodding task of getting what we want or the truly degrading one of proving that familiar and comfortable ideas are correct. Rather, we set our reason free to cavort with strangers. We celebrate the opportunity to reinterpret our world, to learn new steps, new ways of moving across the intellectual landscape.

So, starting today, students, professors and friends of the Sacramento State Department of Philosophy have an open invitation to submit posts to this blog.  Note that our standards will be high. A good blog piece- and we won't waste your time with anything that isn't good- will be fairly short, well-written, well-reasoned, creative, accessible to a general philosophically inclined audience and interesting.  As time goes by, our hope is that professors in the department will use the blog as a forum to discuss what they are currently thinking about.  But we also hope that they will encourage students who write particularly interesting papers or who make particularly interesting points during class discussion to develop their ideas for the blog.

To submit to the blog you will send your piece to Professor Mayes <>.  Submissions that don't meet the above criteria will be kindly rejected, though you may also be encouraged to revise them for re-submission, perhaps in consultation with your professors.  As in life, rejections will probably be common. But don't let that discourage you from trying again.  All posts are subject to editing.  However, if you do not approve of the final form in which your post appears, we will remove it at your request.

Finally, a word about comments.  It is ok to make short complimentary comments, but critical ones need to be written in a civilized, thoughtful and generous manner. Any comments that do not meet this standard will be deleted.  (Please feel free to report what you regard as uncivilized activity to Professor Mayes.) Also, if you get a submission accepted to the blog, the spirit of dance compels you to follow your partners in inquiry and respond in kind.

For most people, the easiest way to follow this blog will be through the Sacramento State Department of Philosophy's Facebook Page. Just like us. You know you do.


  1. Randy, I just gotta say, this is an awesome thing -- I now find that riding to campus in the mornings is filled with thinking about blog postings and possible responses. This is FAR better than having that stupid Elton John song rattling around in my brain for 40 minutes, or worse, the Who singing "You better, you better, you bet" thunking about in my noggin. It's also an excellent procrastination device... for example, I've done hardly any real work this morning, choosing instead to reply to a response to my posting and to writing a response to Kyle's. I'm still working on one for yours...THANK you!

    1. Lâm thì là quá chậm!

      Lúc này đây, cách đó không xa, ánh mắt của lão già cảnh giới Âm Hư kia chợt loé lên, không đi cứu người mà nhanh chóng lui về phía sau.

      Một chỉ điểm ra, đặt lên mi tâm nàng. Đồng tử trong hai mắt nữ tử kia co rút lại, sự sợ hãi trong lòng nàng đã đạt tới cực điểm. Nháy mắt khi điểm tới mi tâm nàng, nguyên lực bộc phá ra, như bạo long trực tiếp tiến vào trong cơ thể nàng. Thân thể nàng không bị tung lên, thân mình đang run lên bỗng nhiên đứng yên tại chỗ.

      Từ trong cơ thể nàng, từng trận âm thanh bang bang không ngừng vang lên. Thanh âm này nàng cực kỳ quen tai, cùng với âm thanh từ trđồng tâm
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      cho thuê phòng trọ
      cho thuê phòng trọ
      nhạc sàn cực mạnh
      tổng đài tư vấn luật miễn phí
      văn phòng luật
      số điện thoại tư vấn luật
      thành lập công ty
      ong cơ thể của thanh niên họ Diêu trước đó thì giống nhau như đúc.

      Từ chỗ mi tâm, nguyên thần nàng hoá thành một quang cầu bay ra, bị Vương Lâm hư không chụp lấy, trực tiếp ném về phía Lý Nguyên đang nằm trên mặt đất, dung nhập vào trong thân thể hắn, hoá thành nguyên lực làm dịu đi nguyên thần, đồng thời đem phần lớn thương thế trong cơ thể hơi chút chữa trị.