December 2012

The Moral of the Story: Moby Dick

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I’ve been told over and over again that Moby Dick is the greatest American novel, so it was time that I investigated it myself. While it’s true that you have to suffer through detailed and plot-irrelevant facts about whales, whalers, and rope knots, I felt like the humorous tones (or maybe undertones) made it worth the investment – and this tome of a novel was quite an investment of my time and patience. I almost feel like I need to go back and re-read it so I can really appreciate the characters now that I know the parts I can skim over. Read more about The Moral of the Story: Moby Dick

From the Archives: Creativity

This post is from a MMPL Journal Club meeting earlier in the year, first posted on my PhD blog.

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Before we start: Think of a brick. Now think of the different things you can use a brick for. ALL the different things; write them down.

I am very curious what you wrote. Did you include “pretend coffin at a Barbie funeral”? I think I heard about that example from Simon’s book on the Science of Sin, but I can’t now remember how on earth it was relevant… Read more about From the Archives: Creativity

Moral of the Story: August

August by Bernard Beckett

This thought provoking novel is filled with philosophical uncertainties, debates about free will, and is set in a slightly alternate reality. It is one part science fiction, one part romance, and one part philosophy - all crammed into about 200 pages. Read more about Moral of the Story: August

Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Absolutist

The Absolutist is a story of love, betrayal, and regret. It questions the moral choices of killing during war and shows the almost impossible option of declaring yourself a 'moral absolutist' or refusing to take part in the war efforts.

I love this book for its tragic beauty, for its moral questions, and for its depiction of the dehumanizing effects of war. Read more about Moral of the Story: Morality and Literature: The Absolutist

Sin-ema: Morality at the Movies - Argo

There were many extreme moral choices that were made in the film: from the initial decision by the Canadian Ambassador to hide the 6 escapees despite the great risk to himself and his family to the top ranks of the CIA getting cold feet and calling off the plan just before its execution (the perceived consequences of failure -an ‘embarrassment to the country’, outweighed the value of success -the lives of the 6 escapees). Read more about Sin-ema: Morality at the Movies - Argo