You Thought Your Dean Was Mean.

Read this story:

Professor Orhan Kuruüzüm, an academic in the management and economics faculty, was accused of “whistling in the corridor while holding a tea glass” and “continuing to whistle until he entered his room” earlier this month. The deputy dean of the faculty, Professor Şafak Aksoy, filed the complaint. A professor from the agriculture faculty assessed the complaint and suggested a “warning” as a punishment for Kuruüzüm’s conduct.

The dean of the faculty of management and economics, Professor İsrafil Kurtcephe, argued the punishment was too light for the act, increasing to a fine of 100 Turkish liras.

Kuruüzüm’s lawyer Mustafa Necati Şahiner said his client faced persecution by the faculty, arguing that the faculty management’s aim was to create the environment where they could fire him. The fine is the fourth such punishment the 15-year academic has faced since Professor İsrafil Kurtcephe took over as the dean of the faculty in November. The first inquiry focused on claims that Kuruüzüm had called Kurtcephe “worthless” and “appointed from the top.”

Institute For Creation Research.

It does exist and it is not studying “creation” as in “creativity” – it is studying “creationism” – “does God exist?” you wonder – wonder no more: 

While absolute proof of the existence of God cannot be realized by any human being, the great weight of evidence, when rationally evaluated, clearly balances the scales heavily in favor of God. We can demonstrate “beyond a reasonable doubt” that “He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

That’s a quote, friends! Demonstrating “beyond a reasonable doubt” apparently means quoting the Bible – read on.

Thinking Oneself Into A System

Is anyone working on translating Maimon’s Versuch uber die Transzendentalphilosophie? I think someone should, it’s a pity that this book is not available in English: 

“I had now resolved to study Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, of which I had often heard but  which I had never seen. The method, in which I studied this work, was quite peculiar. On the first perusal I obtained a vague idea of each section. This I endeavored afterwards to make distinct by my own reflection, and thus to penetrate into the author’s meaning. Such is properly the process which is called thinking oneself into a system [sich in ein System hineindenken]. But as I had already mastered in this way the systems of Spinoza, Hume and Leibniz, I was naturally led to think of a coalition-system [Koalitionssystem]. This in fact I found, and put it gradually in writing in the form of explanatory observations on the Critique of Pure Reason, just as this system unfolded itself to my mind. Such was the origin of my Transcendental Philosophy.” 

This is from review by Yitzhak Y. Melamed in Journal of the History of Philosophy 43:3 (2005)

Badiou BBC Interview

Can’t embed it, so here’s the link.  My favorite exchange begins when Badiou is aksed “Are you or are you not a communist?”    After a back and forth Badiou responds something to the effect that “well, sometimes faith is a good thing.”

Emelianov’s Gang: Formative Years of the Great Leader (In Pictures)

Inspired by a recent exchange with Shahar (and some free time), I have quickly created this collage from pictures others took of me while on my journey to the present greatness – pictures say it all, I think, but in case you’re not very smart, I provide the commentary as well: Continue reading