16.127 problems in translation

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 127.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 07:13:35 +0100
             From: "Osher Doctorow" <osher@ix.netcom.com>
             Subject: Re: 16.126 how troubling the Dialogues of Hume could be

    From: Osher Doctorow osher@ix.netcom.com, Sat. July 13, 2002 8:59AM


    I do not have a Philosophy Ph.D. but a Mathematical Education Ph.D., a
    Mathematics M.A., a Cultural Anthropology M.A., a wife Marleen J. Doctorow
    Ph.D. who is a licensed clinical psychologist, and I participate in numerous
    internet philosophy forums and have published in philosophy and philosophy
    of education journals (obscure as they may be) among others. If no other
    Ph.D. responds, I will be glad to take the role of the House
    Pseudo-Philosopher (HPP) with the hope of eventually rising to the role of
    House Geniune Philosopher (HGP). The latter, it should be noted, is not a
    disease of the digestion.

    Your suggestions concerning philosophy are well taken, and I take this
    opportunity to urge philosophically inclined humanists (and aren't we all!)
    to ask me questions concerning my latest Theory of Everything (TOE) which I
    have been developing on http://www.superstringtheory.com/forum and
    real-analysis@ams.org and geometry-research@forum.swarthmore.edu and various
    philosophy forums. If there is any hesitation in asking questions, I
    propose the following questions to ask me or anybody else:

    1. If quantitative people cannot translate their theories into roughly
    ordinary verbal language, is it likely that their theories have zero
    semantic content? (I think that the answer is *yes*).

    2. Is it likely that translating between verbal and quantitative languages
    facilitates and stimulates both verbal and quantitative
    associations/memories and stimulates new ideas including new combinations of
    both? (I think that the answer is *yes*).

    I have only begun to start questioning, so hopefully somebody will reply
    before I go overboard with my obsessions. : > )

    Osher Doctorow

    God Save the Queen

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    > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 126.
    > Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
    > <http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/>
    > <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>
    > Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 08:16:37 +0100
    > From: Willard McCarty <w.mccarty@btinternet.com>
    > Subject: How troubling are the Dialogues of Hume!
    > Some of you will know how much fun Monte Python had with philosophy and
    > philosophers. The NB column in the latest TLS (5180, 12 July, p. 16),
    > the title "Philosophy can be fun", draws our attention to the summer issue
    > of Philosophers' Magazine, on philosophers in the movies, and to the
    > Hotel Filosof in Amsterdam. The hotel has a Bishop Berkeley room, which
    > isn't there at all. But we can be especially glad for the mention of the
    > Philosophy Songs website,
    > <http://www.uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu/staff/awhite/phisong.htm> (MIDI and MP3s
    > included, the latter featuring Professor Alan White singing the lyrics). I
    > recommend it to your attention, as a fine example of an online pedagogical
    > resource. Imagine being able to sing, to your students, of course, "now I
    > got a right, right, right, episteme!" (to the music of "I Can See Clearly
    > Now").
    > One does have to wonder about the possibilities of music in the
    > of philosophy, but here one needs professional help. Is there a doctor (of
    > and in philosophy) in the house? Anything can be *discussed*
    > philosophically, including of course music. But is a performative
    > philosophy out of the question? (Face-to-face dialogue comes to mind.) If
    > not, then could there be ways of doing philosophy in multimedia? Or do we
    > simply declare all this silly business? Is a multimedia of (as well as in)
    > scholarship possible?
    > Yours,
    > WM
    > Dr Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer,
    > Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London,
    > Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K.,
    > +44 (0)20 7848-2784, ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/,
    > willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk, w.mccarty@btinternet.com

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