About Author: JJ Sylvia IV

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J.J. Sylvia IV attended Mississippi State University where he received B.A. degrees in philosophy and communications. He later received a philosophy M.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Posts by JJ Sylvia IV

  • Today I start my written preliminary exams to start the process of moving from a Ph.D student to a Ph.D candidate. What has that process looked like so far? 5: The number of semesters I’ve been enrolled as a Ph.D student. 26,065: The number assigned pages of reading I’ve completed. I didn’t keep track of any extra reading done for writing papers, etc. 11,529: The number of those pages I’ve read in the past 17 weeks. 51: The average number of pages I’ve read every day, including the weekends, during the semester. You can see samples of those pages below. […]

    A Ph.D in Progress: By the Numbers

    Today I start my written preliminary exams to start the process of moving from a Ph.D student to a Ph.D candidate. What has that process looked like so far? 5: The number of semesters I’ve been enrolled as a Ph.D student. 26,065: The number assigned pages of reading I’ve completed. I didn’t keep track of any extra reading done for writing papers, etc. 11,529: The number of those pages I’ve read in the past 17 weeks. 51: The average number of pages I’ve read every day, including the weekends, during the semester. You can see samples of those pages below. […]

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  • Gregory Chaitin’s The Unknowable is billed as the companion volume to his Limits of Mathematics, though it also, in many ways stands on its own. In this work, Chaitin sets out to explain the way that his work follows from Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem and Turing’s Halting Problem. The story begins with the mathematician David Hilbert pioneering the field of metamathematics as a way to eliminate all doubts about the efficacy and power of mathematics. However, this process ultimately failed, instead revealing the fundamental uncertainty that underlies mathematics. However, the result of this failure was a large role in the development of the […]

    The Unknowable by Gregory Chaitin

    Gregory Chaitin’s The Unknowable is billed as the companion volume to his Limits of Mathematics, though it also, in many ways stands on its own. In this work, Chaitin sets out to explain the way that his work follows from Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem and Turing’s Halting Problem. The story begins with the mathematician David Hilbert pioneering the field of metamathematics as a way to eliminate all doubts about the efficacy and power of mathematics. However, this process ultimately failed, instead revealing the fundamental uncertainty that underlies mathematics. However, the result of this failure was a large role in the development of the […]

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  • Being a full-time Ph.D. student and dad has limited the amount of blogging I’ve been able to do recently. This spring, I finished my two years of class work in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, and am now moving into taking exams in the fall and then writing the dissertation. This summer I put together my committee and, with them, collaboratively constructed my exam reading list. This process was made somewhat challenging because my program is both interdisciplinary and usually focused on contemporary issues, which means it is difficult to base any list on past lists created by other scholars. […]

    My Exam Reading Lists for Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

    Being a full-time Ph.D. student and dad has limited the amount of blogging I’ve been able to do recently. This spring, I finished my two years of class work in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, and am now moving into taking exams in the fall and then writing the dissertation. This summer I put together my committee and, with them, collaboratively constructed my exam reading list. This process was made somewhat challenging because my program is both interdisciplinary and usually focused on contemporary issues, which means it is difficult to base any list on past lists created by other scholars. […]

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  • Teaching Portfolio

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  • When Teaching Works

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  • Teaching Philosophy

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  • I’m currently reading Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, and am trying to work out how to understand the metaphysics that is discussed in it. I’ll try to share a working sketch of where I’m at, drawing heavily on Plato and Nietzsche. First, Plato’s theory of Ideal Forms. If you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of Plato and his Forms, check out my video here, otherwise, skip past it: A short overview of Forms: Eternal and changeless Accessible to reason only (except beauty) Normal objects participate in them Forms have characteristics they give to particulars (self-predicated) In other words, every […]

    A Deleuzian Metaphysics

    I’m currently reading Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, and am trying to work out how to understand the metaphysics that is discussed in it. I’ll try to share a working sketch of where I’m at, drawing heavily on Plato and Nietzsche. First, Plato’s theory of Ideal Forms. If you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of Plato and his Forms, check out my video here, otherwise, skip past it: A short overview of Forms: Eternal and changeless Accessible to reason only (except beauty) Normal objects participate in them Forms have characteristics they give to particulars (self-predicated) In other words, every […]

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  • Chapter 5 In Chapter 5, Lanham attempts to highlight the two different ways of seeing once again, through an at or through form of attention. Focusing in one way tends to mean we don’t focus in the other way. For example, Lanham gives the research who specializes in a topic, and can even teach that topic well, but struggles to put it in context in a survey course of his or her field. Here he focuses on the joy available through play – of living life working at something rather than thinking about the success that comes through something. Interestingly, the example he gives of play is the geneticist Barbara […]

    Economics of Attention Ch 5-8

    Chapter 5 In Chapter 5, Lanham attempts to highlight the two different ways of seeing once again, through an at or through form of attention. Focusing in one way tends to mean we don’t focus in the other way. For example, Lanham gives the research who specializes in a topic, and can even teach that topic well, but struggles to put it in context in a survey course of his or her field. Here he focuses on the joy available through play – of living life working at something rather than thinking about the success that comes through something. Interestingly, the example he gives of play is the geneticist Barbara […]

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  •   Back to Chapter 3.  I know you’re wondering about the image. I’ll get there! In this chapter, Lanham explains that ebooks have almost entirely attempted to simply reproduce print books. This is so much the case, that often the ebooks you find for sale are just PDF copies of the original book. Why would this be the case? Why wouldn’t ebooks instead try to leverage elements of their existence that make them unique? Why not draw more heavily on sounds and images, and movement, etc? He suggests a few possible reasons, including the early commercial failure of CD-ROMS that […]

    Economics of Attention Ch4: An Alphabet that Thinks

      Back to Chapter 3.  I know you’re wondering about the image. I’ll get there! In this chapter, Lanham explains that ebooks have almost entirely attempted to simply reproduce print books. This is so much the case, that often the ebooks you find for sale are just PDF copies of the original book. Why would this be the case? Why wouldn’t ebooks instead try to leverage elements of their existence that make them unique? Why not draw more heavily on sounds and images, and movement, etc? He suggests a few possible reasons, including the early commercial failure of CD-ROMS that […]

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  • Back to Chapter 1. This chapter explores the art of Warhol and the Dada Movement as part of its argument that {fluff,style,rhetoric} has made a come back and is equally, if not more important than actual stuff: “The lesson was simple and, once learned, tedious. Art is not stuff made out of stuff taken from the earth’s crust. Art is the attention that makes that stuff meaningful,” (p. 43). This summary also applies well to the very chapter itself! The lesson begins with Andy Warhol, whose art and personality both emphasized a focus that did not delve below the surface level – […]

    Economics of Attention Chapter 2

    Back to Chapter 1. This chapter explores the art of Warhol and the Dada Movement as part of its argument that {fluff,style,rhetoric} has made a come back and is equally, if not more important than actual stuff: “The lesson was simple and, once learned, tedious. Art is not stuff made out of stuff taken from the earth’s crust. Art is the attention that makes that stuff meaningful,” (p. 43). This summary also applies well to the very chapter itself! The lesson begins with Andy Warhol, whose art and personality both emphasized a focus that did not delve below the surface level – […]

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