Life as an Extreme Sport

Blink and Begin

You blink once, and suddenly you’re a week into the fall quarter and up to your eyeballs in everything.

Well, okay, I’m actually caught up right now. I know, I know, miracles apparently do occur. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of this blogging thing by typing up thoughts, notes, commentary and such on a daily (nightly) basis – we’ll see how well it goes.

The first thing I’d like to get out of the way, post-wise, is what I just sent Karen (who’s functioning as Thesis Guardian Angel this quarter), which is basically a summation of my thesis:

Iin broad strokes, I’m interested in the conflict and confluence of science and religion in our medical ethical decision making, and especially the fallacy of autonomy within that. I can see pulling in phenomenology, the history of medical ethics, the Enlightenment, and modern religious thought, agency, affect and autonomy.

I think in a large part I’m going to be arguing for affect (affect-ive ? Heh) ethics, where we stop looking at the individual as an autonomous being and instead see them as situated within webs of connectivity.

Author-wise, I’m looking at Appadurai, Barabasi, Latour, Thurtle (heh), Caplan, Moreno, and a few others.

It’s going to be a long year. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Whoa! That sounds delicious! Oh, no doubt it’ll be a TON of work, but, man, what work!

    What’s your (masters?) degree specifically in?

    Glad to seee you writing again!

  2. This is actually for a BA, not an MA – my program (the Comparative History of Ideas) requries a minimum 5 credit thesis for graduation. I’ll be doing a 15 credit thesis, which is the requirement for honors.

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