August 29, 2011

The life and near death of a philosopher

In October 2006, philosopher Daniel Dennett was hospitalized due to an aortic dissection. Dennett survived following a nine-hour surgery in which he was given a new aorta.

Only a month later, in an essay posted on the The Edge Foundation website, Dennett offered a firsthand account of his health problems, his consequent feelings of gratitude towards the scientists, cardiologist, surgeons, EMT's, phlebotomists, orderlies, housekeepers, physician assistants, X-ray technicians, meal-bringers, launderers, physical therapists, perfusionist, neurologist, and nurses whose hard work made his recovery possible, and his complete lack of a "deathbed conversion".

By his account, upon having been told by friends and relatives that they had prayed for him, he resisted the urge to ask them, "Did you also sacrifice a goat?"


August 28, 2011

Sunday Funnies

A local school district with an interesting take on "The Texas Miracle."

Then we have this series of videos. The first is of the actual interviews, followed by the spoofs.