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The first half of the rematch

I wasn’t planning on this, writing something about the first US Presidential election debate between the current US President, Joe Biden, and the previous US President, Donald Trump, but I thought why not. I mean it’s topical and something that I can do, off the cuff. Plus, as I believe I have mentioned before, I […]

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Milling and grinding

To pick up where I left off, something else has also changed about students. Okay, maybe it hasn’t changed, and it’s only me, and my experience, but as this is also my essay, it’s only fair that I get to say that. You can write your own essays and disagree accordingly. Anyway, having taught on […]

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One-trick ponies

Having worked for almost three academic years now in a teaching position, after spending a number of years doing a doctorate, after spending a number of yours doing bachelor’s and a master’s degrees, I can say that I have some insight on how the university system has changed over the years. Oh, and has it […]

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Just (be)cause

I had something else planned for this month, but I ended up with this instead. I’ll return to what I was working on, nothing gone to waste, but I thought, well, this makes sense, right here, right now. Right, so, I was doing working on some slides for a lecture and ended up watching Michel […]

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Putting things into perspective

I was gonna write another essay on parasitism, not because I had a whole lot to say about that after the previous essay, except that reading Michel Serres’ ‘Parasite’ also gave me some heavy Baruch Spinoza vibes. I guess that’s worth it’s own essay, but, well, we’ll see if I ever get around to write […]

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Talk is cheap

This essay was prompted by getting a flu and suffering through it, as you do, because there isn’t much you can do about it. Okay, it could have been another strain of COVID, or RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, as was they were making rounds recently. Anyway, it was … let’s say … not great. I […]

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Hindsight 20/23

I had plans for this month, to provide a proper essay, but that didn’t work out as I was kept occupied by three things. I’ll go through them, before I map out what I hope to accomplish, hopefully sooner than later. Firstly, and most obviously, I had to make sure that the students get their […]

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Science is like philosophy, but backwards

If you’ve read their other works, it shouldn’t surprise how Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari conclude their final book, ‘What Is Philosophy?’. For them (201), most people are conformists. Why? Well, because life is easier that way. People are happy to repeat what others have said, over and over again, instead of trying to come […]

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Not one but three

I tend to write on whatever Gilles Deleuze and/or Félix Guattari have written or I somehow end up on some tangent that pertains to their work, typically in connection with either discourse or landscape. That’s partly because those are included in the name of this blog. I haven’t really focused on other topics that they’ve […]

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Whores or halls?

I had some more Baruch Spinoza in store for you for this month, but, as you’ll notice, I went with something a lot less challenging instead. This is, arguably, way more fun though, so there’s that this time around. This is also way shorter, so there’s that as well, in case you prefer the shorter […]