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Why Darwin Couldn’t Rely On Aristotle

        Before developing his theory of variation and natural selection, Darwin confronted a crippling grammatical problem in the work of the naturalists of his day.  Individual races of animals were designated as both ‘species’ and ‘variation’ by contemporary naturalists, sometimes even by a single researcher at different points of his career.  The […]

How Branding Is Like Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking

Any one of you who has described St. John’s to someone who isn’t a part of the College has been asked this question: “So what are you going to do with that kind of education?” The answer that the College’s communications (brochures, pamphlets, etc.) seems to give is: “Anything.” Since this answer doesn’t really give […]

Ease The Writing Process By Learning To Write Sentences

We take it for granted that the great books are worth being understood. That’s why were here. Thus, we take it upon ourselves as readers to put our prejudices aside in order to study what each author has to say. We’re willing to put in the hard work necessary to understand the books as best […]

How To Leave College With A Philosophy Degree

It’s February 1st.  My senior thesis is due in two weeks, applications for college funding are due in three, and businesses will stop searching for summer interns at the end of the month.  I’ve got a lot on my plate if I want to do well with any of these intentions, let alone all three.  […]

Why I Will Write: End Of Summer

This is an end-of-summer update.  I’ve finally finished my internship and have regained the time and energy to once again think about writing.  However, everything I’ve considered as a subject, besides biographical spewing, requires research and contemplation that I haven’t yet had time for.   What you are reading now is another attempt at defining […]

Summer’s Here, Time For Coffee

I like routine.  Sleeping in is nice – I’ve been doing it a lot in the past week – but when I wake up with the sun blaring in through my window I never fail to feel as if I’m becoming careless and indulgent.  If I didn’t have the gym to go to everyday I […]

Short-Rib Steaks, Part One

This first post is for both of us.  For me, this is practice in steak cooking (dinner) and a chance to pay closer-than-usual attention to the whole process.  For you, I hope this to be something of a cooking lesson, and inspiration.  Good food needs little time, little effort, and little money. The steaks today […]