e-coli is a satirical online magazine that was a thorn in the side of many in the days of Malaspina University-College. It was edited, produced, and thrust upon the world wide web by my colleague Ian Johnston. It was and remains a brilliant piece of work!

One of the pieces you will want to read to discover how philosophy can help with your skin tone is titled From Hemlock to Cosmetics: Philosophy Comes of Age in the 21st Century“.

Another which captures a part of the discussion on curriculum at a university-college is “Deconstructing Pretense” which is here.

Take a look. Rummage around a bit – you’ll find something of interest, guaranteed!


See you now–
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;
And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
With windlasses and with assays of bias,
By indirections find directions out.

One thought on “e-coli

  1. Thanks for this remembrance of things past! I particularly like this: If those sentences sound repetitive let me assure you that they are not. If they sound ambiguous let me disambiguate them for you. Today I am going to talk about doom. “Doom” is “a sentence, a judgement, a condemnation.” Kim Blank judged the curriculum, condemned it as oppressive, and sentenced it to the punishment of displacement by the marginal. If only we can displace Milton with some Bobby McFerrin (instead of “Paradise Lost”, “Get Happy”) all will be well in the halls of academe. Or, if we spend less time on Shakespeare and more time on Simon we will be less oppressive and our students will be better off. Teach the popular not the classic is the call of the wild. Shed the heavy mantel of the dead past and revel in the present and the popular is the theme presented by Kim Blank in the first paper of this series.

    And why not since as Blank says of the curriculum “It has no external justification.” It does seem to follow that if there is no external justification or standard by which to measure the curriculum then indeed anything goes. And if anything goes then why not study “trash” novels, pornographic films, and “Three’s Company” instead of the difficult works that are to be found on most university curricula. After all the popular is more fun, more easily digested, and more, well,….more popular.


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