Session #29: July 14th, 2010

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Today is France’s Independence Day! Thank you to all of you who braved the pouring rain to attend today’s session, the last session before the summer “vacation”.

Today, we quickly read through chapters 3-6 and discussed some of the worksheet questions.

In particular, we discussed about Ransom’s and Weston’s philosophies of life, and their differences.

We also talked about how human beings are always trying to understand their world, partly out of curiosity and partly to escape from fear and anxiety; thus, Weston’s explanations help ease Ransom’s fears.

Another topic was rights: the fundamental right is the right to life, because while humans can take life away, they cannot give life. Related to this  is “the non-aggression principle“.

We also talked on some completely different topics: TOC, kanban, Ohno Taichi, and JiT (Just in Time). Because JiT and the kanban system were designed by Japanese, it is perhaps tempting to think that these systems are peculiarly Japanese, developed by and for the particular Japanese aesthetic. However, the truth is perhaps more prosaic: these systems are highly developed rational and logical systems and are dependent on an application of scientific methods.

I came across TOC quite by accident, while searching for examples of syllogisms online. What I discovered was this and his recommended reading list. (Here is the first TOC novel, The Goal, in Japanese).

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2 thoughts on “Session #29: July 14th, 2010”

  1. I loved to see or watch the constellations when I was little girl. As the village was not so light at night those time ,we could see full of twinkle little stars, meteorites( shooting stars) like galaxy in the sky. I used to look up the sky for a long time and search for constellations . I could tell Big Dipper easily from another ones.
    Still now,scientific period, sometimes I believe in some astrology written in papers or magazines.

  2. Personally I used to think that science fiction might be a little outrageous. But Lewis’ precise phrases are so realistic that readers can see majestic planets, brilliant constellations, and can hear the irregular tinkling noise by small meteorites as the story proceeds. And it drives away my prejudice about science fiction, as Ransom’s ideas about space changed from “undimensioned, enigmatic blackness” (chapter 5).

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