I got to this site while googling the phrase “analyzing the obvious” It is something many people have off and on commented about me… often in the sense of “why is there more or how could there be more than what is there?” It seems as I have often wondered if people are really so barren of curiosity. I don’t claim to be actually more curious but that is just what seems to come out of me in conversation countless times. Because I only had one person that I remember saying that straight out. You sound like you’re always analyzing or talking about what’s obvious. It is strange that I remember it, but even though I wasn’t insulted and it does not embarrass me, I still remember it clearly. Maybe I thought someone pointed out a key to who I am that I hadn’t seen before. I have come to believe that it is not a question of computers allow us to not look stupid, rather I really think that because of so much technology allowing us to rarefy ourselves into the perfect little spot we want to be in free time, and otherwise it is just work or social media. people don’t want to look deeper into anything. They really do think it is somehow trite uninventive or uninteresting to think past what is obvious. To them it is just obvious. There is just not enough time…
Amazing that you should post this today. What a coincidence! I was dreaming about those days as I woke up this morning, remembering a philosophy prof at RIT who’d said to me back in that time, “I can’t talk philosophy with undergrads. Can’t do it. Ah but email…!” When I was fully awake, I remembered hearing that students today are checking email less and relying more on short form texts and posts. So I’m wondering whether faculty today are seeing progress in the kind of mulling you describe, or regression. Did the days you describe in your talk turn out to be a stepping stone to a better today? or a high water mark in mulling online?