Aidan Reading on the Way to Preschool


So, Aidan was asking whether I thought that the being of self-consciousness is such that in its being its being is in question, and I said, “Come on, Aidan, you’re old enough to figure that out for yourself,” which he did, but not before pointing out that I was clearly acting in bad faith (as though I were really all that patriarchal) and should make it up to him with a juice box.

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interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation
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3 Responses to Aidan Reading on the Way to Preschool

  1. Shulamith Bakhmutsky says:

    Jewish children are not required to fast until their Bar or BatMitzva. My 8 year old son decided to give it a try. All went well. Sometime during the day he went out to play with his friends. He forgot his decision and had something to eat.
    When he came home, he gave me the entire explanation on why children are not supposed to fast, why a child can’t affirm an oath, and how the Jewish law distinguishes between the mind of a child and the mind of an adult.
    This was the conclusion of his speech: “Mom, don’t worry, God won’t be angry with me, He knows that I don’t understand any of it”.
    What I don’t understand, is why so many people were upset with me that I did not interfere when in his third year at the university he decided to change his major from electronic engineering to philosophy.


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