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2017/04/08 Angst and Fear

In his Being and Nothingness, Sartre talks about the difference between angst and fear. According to him, when we feel fear, we take ourselves as things determined by causality. On the other hand, when we are in angst, we view ourselves as…

2017/04/07 You are a psychiatrist, aren't you?

There is a psychologist who is one of the leading figures in Japan of the philosophy of psychology. He published a lot of books and papers and he has an honorable academic career. He taught a great deal of students about both philosophy an…

2017/04/06 Work Like a Dog, Laugh Like a Horse

The other day, there was a meeting of all the students and teachers who belong to the department of philosophy. The professors talked briefly about their classes to be delivered in this semester and then the students introduced themselves.…

2017/04/05

In order to write correct English, we have to go through a challenging task. It is to learn by heart at least three hundred exemplary English sentences. I believe when they have got throigh this, students learn to produce logical, grammati…

2017/04/04 There Is Nothing New Under the Sun. Therefore, Everything Is a Bore.

There is nothing new under the sun. It is a proverb that I knew a couple of years ago. It means, I understand, that since ancient times, everything has already happened, so what seems new or original at first is actually what was before. I…

2017/04/03 Current Mood

Lately, I have been in a mood which makes me think life has no meaning or has nothing pleasurable to offer. Not that I am distressed by this mood, but rather this state feels comfortable because it has a kind of soothing effect on my mind.…

2017/04/02 YouTube Video Ads Suck

The reason why I don't have a TV set in my room is that it seems to have a dumbing effect on my mind. I can't account for this impression but it does seem so. One of the philosophers I admire once said, "TV makes you stupid. So we had bett…

2017/04/01 The Raison D'être of Philosophy and Begging The Question

In the hot entries there is an anticle concerning the meaning of the humanities. According to the author, when challenged to explain the meaning or the value of the humanities, scholars tend to answer by beating around the bush. They try t…

2017/03/31 The Myth of Input and Output

I hate it when people use these two words: input and output. When they use it, they regard human minds as computers into which information to be processed is carried and out of which the result of the process is delivered. This view is ina…

2017/03/30 Gut Reactions

I got convinced today that my emotional well-being is totally dependent on my stomach. This morning, when I woke up, I found myself in a terrbile mood. Due to some incident, I got so depressed last night that I decided to live psyhcologica…

2017/03/29 Resumption of a Hobby

A few years ago, it was one of my hobbies to transcribe passages of English writers such as Somerset Maughm, George Orwell and so on. Above all, my favorite author was Aldus Huxley, who wrote long sentences which were separated by a lot of…

2017/03/28 Interpolation

I am sorry to repeat, but I have to say this to begin this entry. I am working as a part-time English teacher. The lecture is to be delivered on a one-on-one basis. Not a few students bring me studying materials of other cram schools (塾),…

2017/03/27 On doing what you have chosen

To tell the truth, yesterday was my birthday. My sister celebrated it with a mail, saying how happy you must be to do what you have chosen and love. I know she meant no offense, but on the contrary, it is a torture to get myself engaged in…

2017/03/26 Three Youtube Channels and One Podcast That Give You Introductory Lessons To Philosophy

My life is shockingly busy thanks to other teachers who are lacking both in morality and in knowledge and skills. Although there is a job that somebody has to do and they have already agreed to work for the company, they never take it on, …

2017/03/25 Nobodies, Nothings

Lately, I've woken up before the alarm goes off. Frustrated by the shortage of sleep, I never get up off the bed shortly. I spend some sixty minutes browsing through twitter, hatena blog, or whatever. Every time I do this, it makes me wond…

2017/03/24 Meanings of Lives

I have been reading Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness, and it inevitably makes me think about the meaning of my life. The book is considered as the principal work of existentialism, a theory that argues existence precedes essence. I…

2017/03/23 "Is there a certain age you're supposed to be?"

The title is quoted from a song called "Riot Van" by Arctic Monkeys. I remember realizing how meaningless it was to count my age when I was eleven. However, ever since I have continued to this day counting my age because it is often necess…

2017/03/22 A question a friend of mine often posed

It is spring. I am living near a college, so these days I see many teenagers with their parents looking for their new apparment. That reminded me of the days I spent in university when I was a sophomore. There was a friend who oftentimes a…

2017/03/21 Self-depreciation

Lately, I have been looking down on myself. Everything I do is of little value, of little significance. I would like to tell you that this feeling is not so bad as you might think, as long as you feel comfortable about being valueless. I w…

2017/03/20 Japanese Comedians and Begging the Question

What is a comedian? What is Owarai-Geinin? Debates about these issues are hot these days. There is a brain scientist called Mogi Kenichiro who criticized Japanese comedians for their ways of getting a laugh. He said they don't dare to make…

2017/03/19 Meaning and Contingency

When I am teaching a meaning of English phrases, some students often point out that my lecture isn't as logical as it should be. By this indication, they seem to feel victorious. As I am a philosopher, being illogical seems to me to be a f…

2017/03/18 Reading Competition

One of the episodes of All Ears English told me that many Americans are in "busy competition." I was surprised to hear that when they are asked "How are you?" not a few answer, "I'm busy." As I am a student of philosophy, on Twitter philos…

2017/03/17 Like a native speaker of English

Working as a part-time English teacher as I do, I have met many native Japanese who say they can understand English like a native speaker. Also, I have heard about great teachers who is said to have the ability to do so. As for me, though …

2017/03/16 Why I don't write a helpful article

My blog belongs to a couple of Hatena Blog groups. I sometimes look over the blogs which are also the members of the groups. This lets me know what kind of entry can be of service and what kind of effort they make to attract more readers. …

2017/03/15 Before Dawn

I don't know how, but I woke up at 5:22 this morning. It was dark before dawn. I heard some people say that human beings work best and most efficiently bright and early. That remark must have relaxed me, for it took me over 90 minutes to g…

2017/03/14 Ability and Conduct

It seems to me that it is since people today began to use the words such as 「女子力」or 「コミュニケーション能力」, "abilities expected of a girl" or "communication competence" respectively, that people have learned to use the word 「力」…

2017/03/13 When Will the Day Come?

Last December for me to eat was to go to a Seven-Eleven and buy food there. Spending almost all the month made me feel worse than ever in my stomach, and there appeared many pimples over my face. This incident invited me to decide to cook …

2017/03/12 The Myth of 90 Minutes

As I wrote in other articles, I am highly impulsive and hyperactive, though I am not diagnosed with ADHD. So much so that I have difficulty focusing my attention when studying. Fortunately, there are many books on concentration so I read a…

2017/03/11 Walkthroughs

I am a graduate student who wishes to be a professor in the future. It has been about a year since my entrance into the university, and from time to time I am confronted with the fact that I am far less familiar with philosophy than other …

2017/03/10 Derision

Looking back on my life, so many people have ridiculed me so many times. Some professor said, "You're not cut out for this." Another said, "Your awkwardness is the manifestation of your sincerity." Still another said, "You're monotonous an…

2017/03/09 What you don't read you cannot write.

If I remember correctly, I wrote an entry concerning how difficult it is to write about everyday life. It remains so. When I set about writing in English, my mind is always inclined to those complicated topics which are better off written …

2017/03/08 Out of sight, out of mind.

There have been many friends who said they would not forget me or that they wouldn't fail to keep in touch. Despite this remarks, most of them have kept out of touch since and disappeared. When I was in junior high school I learned the pro…

2017/03/07 Why I study philosophy and Joan Miro

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com Why did I decide to study philosophy? There are several reasons for it, I guess. One of them would be that I am poor at reading books. I am a slow and impatient reader. As I mentioned elsewhere, though I a…

2017/03/06 Too much confidence

Yesterday I went to a cafe and had supper. A waiter came to me, telling me that where the vacant seats were and that I could choose whichever I liked. As is often the case with waiters in a cafe, he was handsome and looked cool in his outf…

【英語は慣れると雑になる】英語で毎日日記を書いて半年になりました。Grammarlyを使って、英作文が上達したか検証します。

去年の9月5日から英語で日記を書き始めました。なぜだかわかりませんが今日まで毎日続きました。振り返りをしたいと思います。前回の振り返りはこちらでやってます。 ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com 上の記事の中で、3ヶ月やって英語表現が思い浮かぶの…

2017/03/05 On teaching on one-on-one basis (part2)

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com In the entry above I argued that it is harder to teach one on one than to teach a class. The reason is that the problem that prevents the student from making progress in English is often so complicated tha…

2017/03/04 On teaching on one-on-one basis ゴルディオスの結び目

Suppose you are a student and want to work part time as a teacher. Then, you have two alternatives: either to teach on one-on-one basis or to teach to a class. Which do you think is more difficult? My guess is that when asked this question…

2017/03/03 The distance between English and me (part3) 「〜を扱うのが不器用だ」にあたる表現

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com I have written two entries about the distance between English and me. It is such an elusive topic that I cannot help coming back to it. When it comes to reading, sometimes…

2017/03/02 The problem of spring

I don't quite remember when but I read an essay about poetry. It was addressed to this question: What is poetry for? The author said, poetry can be to people what a cup of water is to a man who has spent a couple of days without any water,…

2017/03/01 Apprenticeship 「〜の弟子である」 / promptの意外な意味

In the academic world, especially when you are a student, you are often regarded as an "apprentice" of such and such professor. The word apprenticeship has a very big meaning. If you are an apprentice to some trade, you always follow your …

2017/02/28 On changing your major (2/2) backfire on ~ / 問題を切り分けて議論する / hopefullyの使い方

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com There have been a lot of difficulties I am confronted with since the alteration of my major. I began to get the training to be a psychologist when I was 19 and I got a bachelor's and master's degree by wri…

2017/02/27 Why do so many people show off their folly? Why are so many people confident in their English ability?

Having read an entry in which the author confidently "translated" a blog entry in English into Japanese and compared it with the original, I am wondering why so many people are confident in their English ability without knowing how incompe…

2017/02/26 On changing your major (1/2)

I was originally a psychology major, a clinical psychology major. I had meant to be a clinical psychologist and work both as a practitioner and as a scientist. However, things went wrong when I was applying myself to the master’s dissertat…

2017/02/25 On Down and Out in Paris and London

I love George Orwell. I think I have read all the novels by him: 1984, Animal Farm, The Clergyman's Daughter, Homage to Catalonia and so on. If my memory is right, his first novel or maybe I should say his first essay to be published was c…

2017/02/24 Fatigue

I have been all too busy this week. There were a supervision about my research, two trainings of novice teachers, besides many classes as usual. Yesterday I suffered from deadly stiff neck. I think it was dus to this demanding schedule, wi…

2017/02/23 If I could have my own bookstore

お題「自分の本屋を作るとしたら」 "If you could have your own bookstore, what kind of book would you deal in?" The other day I was asked this question. I answered at that time that I would collect "readers" of all kinds of launguage. That i…

2017/02/22 Since you are able to do anything

Just now I remembered having one of my collegues say, "Since you are a man of ability, you don't have to worry about it." She often says things to this effect. They always irked me. Here is why. When you say somebody is a man of ability, i…

2017/02/21 In theory, in practice

I had a talk with my supervisor today. I was confident that I would bring him a pleasant surprise. He would be surprised to see how much progress I had made. However, he was not a bit surprised, still less impressed. He said, "Ok, it's abo…

2017/02/20 What dating means for me

Dating means a lot for me and sharing of meaning is essential in forming a human bondage. Yesterday my girlfriend and I shared a meaning of dating. To date is to eat a more nutritious and more delicious meal. Weekdays always see me eat mon…

2017/02/19 A small brother was watching me

When I was a senior in the university, I read 1984 by George Orwell. I saw him introduced as a master of literary style of English by Saito Yoshihumi in his 『英語達人塾』. So, I read it in English. I don't know much about literature or st…