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Philosophy It’s a course about philosophy Literacy, (explained below) That’s a ‘book’ (described below) That’s when I explain things to you That’s when you write things for me

This is a course (a series of classes designed to inform you about a topic) about philosophy (the topic on which the lectures will inform you) composed of lectures (when I explain things to you about philosophy). Read that again, it’ll make sense. This course requires you to purchase a ‘book’ called a text book. It doesn’t have many pictures, but you can draw them in the margins yourself, where you can also make ‘notes’ to help you remember the contents of the book. Some students think that paying tuition and choosing a course guarantees that they will do well in that course. This is what philosophers call ‘fallacious reasoning’ and what normal people call ‘stupid’. In like manner, selecting and purchasing a book does not inform you of its contents. Coming to know the contents, or ‘learning’ requires effort, and this will begin with ‘reading’ the book, which is explained below. Thinking that you can do well without reading is a common mistake brought about by a childhood of soft-living that came after the era of parental spanking was sadly forced to come to an end. Students do not know, as young adults, when they ought to take a ‘timeout’ before speaking, and often make very silly complaints when they haven’t ‘learned’ what they were meant to know. We are not currently empowered to hit students for their views because of ‘human rights’ which is a topic you will be taught to spell in this course. Spelling has to do with the proper arrangment of letters to form words, and is something that is now accomplished with machines, but there are lessons you can learn about how to arrange letters properly without their use. But to learn how to spell words, you must learn to recognize them, and this is called ‘reading’. You have to “read” in this course. There is no scroll down key, so you must first learn how books work. You place the book in front of you, with the ‘cover’ upright and the top pointed away from you. This will become easier with practice. You must physically ‘open’ the book, clicking its corner will only waste your time. One ‘opens’ the book by lifting the cover from right to left, exposing the pages contained within it. One then reads, from left to right (unless the book is written in Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, or some others) the letters arranged on each line. Below, is a picture of what the activity of so-called “reading” looks like:

This person is reading what’s called a ‘script’. The words written on the page will later be spoken aloud. This is called ‘oration’ and is a word that you will not likely learn how to spell until the upper years. Note that the ‘reader’ is using a pen to make marginal notes which will later draw attention to important passages. This will help him ‘study’. More on that as we approach the exam. He has pictures to help him understand what he is ‘reading’. The activity of ‘reading’ is one that can bring great benefit and pleasure, consider reading books about personal finance, or perhaps Lolita. Reading is an activity that can be enjoyed in various postures. Below, is a picture of someone ‘reading’ in a more relaxed way:

This time, the ‘reader’ is relaxing on a lawn chair, reading his script. If you note the look of concern on his face, be aware that this is not pain. It is called ‘concentration’ and is something that you will almost certainly lack since you all grew up during the 80s, which was a very shiny decade where childcare was provided, along with periodic psychological programming for consumerism or ‘commercials’, by coloured pictures on screens. We will have ‘power point’ presentations, which will look to you like bad television, and these should ease your transition into reading and learning in this course. In fact, you will be ‘reading’ what’s on the screen! ‘Concentration’ is something that is now achieved by taking pills, and you can acquire them with a note explaining their use from your doctor. Now, let’s begin.

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