The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

Archive for the month “January, 2014”

There’s a Gene for That

The “God Gene” as explained by John Cleese


Latin Language Resources

The New Years has found me with a rekindled desire to learn Latin.

I want to make the process as painless as possible at the beginning so I am using Evan der Millner’s London Latin Course which you can find for free here.

Another free Latin course that I would like to use in the future can be found here.

You may be asking yourself why in the world would you want to be studying a dead language? Here’s one good argument.

Here’s another good argument.

There’s thousands of more resources like this on the web. It truly is a golden time for the study of Latin.

Maybe one a day I will be good enough to contribute to – what else – Vicipaedia!

Hat tip to the Produtive Catholic for the leads on the  videos.

Another Reason to Not Let Your Kids Watch Too Much Television

A Japanese study indicates that watching television alters children’s brains in an adverse way. See here.

Don’t Forget the Bard in Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year

Now that 2014 is upon us I’m sure everybody is busy plannin their New Year’s resolutions. But have you thought about reading Shakepeare’s complete works in your res0lutions? Matthew Franck, the Director of the Witherspoon Institute’s William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution thinks its a good idea. In fact, he created an entire reading plan to pull it of. 

In a fit of self-improvement, I decided to dedicate 2013 to reading everything by William Shakespeare. I found, however, that while the internet is thickly populated with Bible-in-a-year reading plans, apparently no one has published a Shakespeare_in_one_year. So I had to take some time to create one—plays on weekdays, poems on weekends. The plays vary enough in length that they range from five to eight days’ worth of reading apiece. I have stuck to it, and am nearly finished. The daily diet of Shakespeare has been very invigorating. I used the text of The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (second edition), available in highly portable Kindle format but with an unfortunately high incidence of bugs and typos in the conversion from print. But there is at least one complete-Shakespeare app for free out there, with a sound text.

What a great idea. I’m going to do this myself. You should be able to download the plan from the website on the link provided. However, I have attached it here for good measure. Good luck.

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