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™‚