click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Colin McGinn

Colin McGinn is a British philosopher. He has held teaching posts and professorships at University College London, the University of Oxford, Rutgers University and the University of Miami. McGinn is best known for his work in the philosophy of mind, in particular for what is known as new mysterianism, the idea that the human mind is not equipped to solve the problem of consciousness, he is the author of over 20 books on this and other areas of philosophy, including The Character of Mind, The Problem of Consciousness and Its Objects, The Meaning of Disgust. In 2013 McGinn resigned from his tenured position at the University of Miami after being accused of sexual harassment by a female graduate student; the resignation touched off a debate about the prevalence of sexism and sexual harassment within academic philosophy. McGinn was born in a town in County Durham, England. Several of his relatives, including both grandfathers, were miners, his father, left school to become a miner but put himself through night school and became a building manager instead.

McGinn was the eldest of all sons. When he was three, the family moved to Gillingham and eight years to Blackpool, Lancashire. Having failed his 11-plus, he attended a technical school in Kent a secondary modern in Blackpool, but did well enough in his O-levels to be transferred to the local grammar school for his A-levels. In 1968, he began a degree in psychology at the University of Manchester, obtaining a first-class honours degree in 1971 and an MA in 1972 in psychology, he was admitted in 1972 to Jesus College, Oxford, at first to study for a Bachelor of Letters postgraduate degree, but switched to the Bachelor of Philosophy postgraduate programme on the recommendation of his advisor, Michael R. Ayers. In 1973, he was awarded the university's prestigious John Locke Prize in Mental Philosophy. J. Ayer, he received his BPhil in 1974, writing a thesis under the supervision of Michael R. Ayers and P. F. Strawson on the semantics of Donald Davidson. McGinn taught at University College London for 11 years, first as a lecturer in philosophy as reader.

In 1985, he succeeded Gareth Evans as Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford, a position he held until 1990. He held visiting professorships at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Bielefeld, University of Southern California, Rutgers University, University of Helsinki, City University of New York and Princeton University. In 1990, he joined the philosophy department at Rutgers as a full professor, working alongside Jerry Fodor, he stayed at Rutgers until 2005, joining the University of Miami in 2006 as Professor of Philosophy and Cooper Fellow. McGinn resigned his position at the University of Miami in January 2013, effective at the end of the calendar year, after a female graduate student complained that he had been sexually harassing her, including by text and email; these documents have since been released and include explicit references to McGinn's desire to have sex with the student. He denied any wrongdoing. Represented by Ann Olivarius, the student complained in April 2014 to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the university had mishandled the case.

She filed a lawsuit in October 2015 against the university, McGinn, Edward Erwin, another philosopher at Miami. The complaint accused McGinn of sexual harassment, civil assault and defamation, Erwin of defamation, it alleged that the university had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by failing to investigate the student's complaint adequately and by failing to protect her from retaliation, including from McGinn on his blog before his resignation came into effect. McGinn's lawyer, Andrew Berman, said; the lawsuit was settled in October 2016. All parties are prohibited from disclosing the terms of the settlement; the incident triggered a debate about the extent to which sexism remains prevalent in academia in academic philosophy, the effect on students and teachers of harassment and harassment-related complaints. In 2014 McGinn was offered a visiting professorship by the philosophy department at East Carolina University, but the offer was reversed by university administrators.

McGinn blamed the sexual-harassment allegations for East Carolina's decision. McGinn has written extensively on philosophical logic and the philosophy of language but is best known for his work in the philosophy of mind, he is known in particular for the development of the idea that human minds are incapable of solving the problem of consciousness, a position known as new mysterianism. In addition to his academic publications on consciousness – including The Character of Mind, The Problem of Consciousness and Consciousness and Its Objects – he has written a popular introduction, The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World. Owen Flanagan introduced the term "new mysterians" in 1991 to describe McGinn's position and that of Thomas Nagel, first described in Nagel's "What is it like to be a bat?". McGinn introduced his position in "Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?", in The Problem of Consciousness, arguing that the human mind is incapable of comprehending itself entirely. Mark Rowlands writes that the 1989 article was responsible for reviving the debate about phenomenal consciousness, or the nature of experience.

McGinn argued in the paper for the idea of cognitive closure: A type of mind M is

The Peel Sessions (Pulp album)

The Peel Sessions is a double live album by Pulp released on 23 October 2006, containing the recordings the band made for John Peel's Radio 1 show and live performances, broadcast by the BBC. The first disc features all songs performed "live in the studio" during the band's four visits to the John Peel show; the first performance include unreleased material from Pulp's earliest era. Other three sessions are from His'n' Hers, Different Class and We Love Life periods; the last track on CD 1 is "Duck Diving", Jarvis Cocker's reading of a story Return to Air, written by Philippa Pearce. The second disc consist of actual live performances, it opens with Pulp's complete set performed at the BBC's 40 Years in Broadcasting Celebrations for John Peel. The remainder are portions of performances which were broadcast by the BBC. Disc one"Turkey Mambo Momma" – 2:54 "Please Don't Worry" – 3:21 "Wishful Thinking" – 4:18 "Refuse to Be Blind" – 4:28 "Pink Glove" – 5:09 "You're a Nightmare" – 5:21 "Acrylic Afternoons" – 3:46 "Underwear" – 4:13 "Common People" – 5:53 "Pencil Skirt" – 3:24 "Sunrise" – 5:58 "Weeds" – 3:46 "I Love Life" – 5:10 "Duck Diving" – 6:34All tracks recorded in John Peel's studio.

Tracks 1-4 recorded on 7 November 1981. Tracks 5-7 recorded on 7 February 1993. Tracks 8-10 recorded on 9 September 1994. Tracks 11-14 recorded on 12 August 2001. Disc two"Theme from Peter Gunn" – 4:06 "Sorted for E's & Wizz" – 4:11 "Help the Aged" – 4:14 "This Is Hardcore" – 7:05 "Sunrise" – 6:06 "Mile End" – 4:29 "Do You Remember the First Time?" – 4:00 "Babies" – 4:10 "Weeds" – 3:44 "Weeds II" – 4:52 "The Fear" – 5:23 "The Trees" – 4:42 "I Love Life" – 4:44 "Party Hard" – 4:41 " Common People" – 7:34Tracks 1-5 recorded on Kings College, 11 October 2001. Tracks 6-8 recorded on Bristol Anson, 21 April 1995. Tracks 9-15 recorded on Birmingham Academy, 31 October 2001. Jarvis Cocker - vocals, percussion Russell Senior - guitar, violin Candida Doyle - keyboards Mark Webber - guitar Steve Mackey - bass Nick Banks - drums Richard Hawley - guitar Peter Dalton - synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals, percussion Jamie Pinchbeck - bass, percussion Wayne Furniss - drums, percussion The Peel Sessions at YouTube

Koumala, Queensland

Koumala is a town and coastal locality in the Mackay Region, north Queensland, Australia. Yukan is a neighbourhood in the north of the locality. In the east, Cape Palmerston National Park protects the landscape surrounding Mount Funnel and Cape Palmerston. To the west is the Hatfield Range known locally are the Koumala Range. A gravel road over this range provides alternate access to the Sarina hinterland and was the only route available for several years after the paved route over the Sarina range was destroyed by landslides that occurred during Cyclone Debbie; the main rail line to between the Bowen Basin Coal mines and the port of Hay Point passes over this range with speed restrictions to 60 km/hr on the downhill section of line because of several derailments which have occurred in this section of track. Koumala Post Office opened on 28 February 1884; the town name Koumala derives from the name of its railway station, named in 1914 after a sugar property used by Alfred H. Burbank, a sugar grower and surveyor, using a Fijian word indicating sweet potato.

The name Yukan is an Aboriginal word meaning rain. The town was part of the former Shire of Sarina. Koumala State School caters for children from Prep to Year six; the railway goods shed and associated huts doubled for school purposes from 1922 to 1923 when a proper school house was built, as well as for social functions until a hall came into being. Yukan State School opened on 1929 and closed circa 1942. At the 2011 census, Koumala had a population of 789. Koumala has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Mumby Street: Koumala War Memorial The Mackay Regional Council operates a mobile library service on a fortnightly schedule at Bull Street near the school; the Koumala branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the CWA Hall at 33 Brown Street. Media related to Koumala, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons Town map, 1984

Gusukuma Seihō

Gusukuma Seihō was an official court painter at the royal court of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. He was known as Ji Ryō and by the Chinese-style name Qin Kesheng. Gusukuma was born to an aristocratic family in Shuri, his father was a musician, but Gusukuma was born deaf and he focused his energies in a different direction, teaching himself to paint. He sought out Chinese paintings, was influenced by them. Hearing of the young painter, King Shō Hō called him to his court, bestowed upon him the name Ji Ryō, it is said that the Chinese investiture envoys who witnessed his painting compared him to some of the top painters in China, that Kanō Yasunobu, court painter for the Tokugawa shogunate praised the artist when one of Gusukuma's works was brought to Edo by the 1634 Ryukyuan envoy. Most of Gusukuma's works were destroyed in the 1945 battle of Okinawa. There is only one extant work, it is held by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, has been designated an Okinawa Prefectural Important Cultural Property, depicts a fantastic creature known as bai ze in Chinese and hakutaku in Japanese.

"Ji Ryô." Okinawa konpakuto jiten. Ryukyu Shimpo. 1 March 2003. Accessed 6 October 2009

Joseph Alessi

Joseph Norman Alessi is an American classical trombonist, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a soloist, teacher/clinician and recording artist. Joseph Norman Alessi was born in Detroit and attended high school in San Rafael, California, his father named Joseph Alessi, was a professional trumpet player, his mother, Maria sang in the Metropolitan Opera chorus. His younger brother Ralph Alessi is a jazz trumpeter. Displaying notable talent himself from an early age, Alessi graduated early from high school at age 16 and auditioned to join the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. During this time he appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. In 1976-77, following a unsuccessful audition, Alessi gained entry to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied until 1980. During his third year at Curtis, Alessi joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as interim Second Trombone. Following one season as Principal Trombone at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Alessi joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Trombone in the Spring of 1985.

Alessi made his solo debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1990 when he performed the Fantasy for Trombone by Paul Creston. In 1992, he performed with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of the Trombone Concerto by Christopher Rouse, which received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Alessi has since developed an active solo career, performing throughout the United States and internationally, his discography consists of over 14 full-length albums, in addition to guest appearances on albums by other artists. Recordings of the Rouse Concerto have been released by the New York Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony, both featuring Alessi as soloist, his 1999 recording of Star-Child, by George Crumb, was voted Best Classical Contemporary Composition at the 43rd Grammy Awards in 2001. Alessi joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1986, shortly after joining the New York Philharmonic; the Juilliard trombone studio has since furthered its international reputation as one of the finest trombone college programs, the Juilliard Trombone Choir has performed with Alessi on his recording projects.

Since 1999 Alessi has conducted the Alessi Seminar. Several of his past students now occupy senior positions in major orchestras throughout the world. Joseph Alessi and Swedish trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg are regarded as the finest players of the instrument today, arguably the finest in history. In recognition of Alessi's immense contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing, he was awarded the 2002 ITA Award. Joseph Alessi's playing is noted for refined musicianship, a rich sound quality and complete technical control; the music he chooses to play is romantic and modern music, while developing his jazz playing. Beyond the End of the Century - with Jonathan Feldman, piano Bone-A-Fide Brass - with Imperial Brass Illuminations - with the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony New York Legends Nicola Ferro: Caliente - Latin music Return to Sorrento Slide Area - with Jonathan Feldman, piano - 1992 Slide Partners - 100 Years of American Trombone Virtuosity Trombonastics Trombone Recital Tour in Japan 2011 Visions - with Columbus State University Wind Ensemble.

Domu: A Child's Dream

Domu is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo. Similar to his work Akira, the story centers on an old man and a child possessing extrasensory powers, it was serialized between 1980 and 1981 in Futabasha's Action Deluxe, with the chapters collected and published as a tankōbon in 1983. The main inspiration for Domu came from an apartment complex Otomo lived in when he first moved to Tokyo, from a news report he heard about a rash of suicides that occurred at a separate apartment It has sold over 500,000 copies in Japan, was granted an excellence award at the 1981 Japan Cartoonists Association Award, was the first manga to win the Nihon SF Taisho Award, won the 1984 Seiun Award for Comic of the Year, it was released in English in individual volumes in 1995, compiled altogether in 1996, was one of publisher Dark Horse Comics' top sellers for that year. Mr. Ueno, a tenant of the tower block apartments at the Tsutsumi Housing Complex, jumps from the roof of one of the buildings in an apparent suicide.

His is the latest of the thirty-two mysterious deaths that have taken place there in only three years. Inspector Yamagawa and Inspector Takayama investigate the death and find that it was impossible for Mr. Ueno to get on the roof, as the lock of the access door has long been rusted shut. Yamagawa interviews the complex's manager and is told of a few residents that have caused problems with in the past, including Mrs. Tezuka, an eccentric woman, sent to a mental hospital after a miscarriage; the manager mentions Chojiro Uchida, nicknamed "Old Cho", a senile old man who lives alone. Upon returning to the police station, Yamagawa interviews a housewife who saw Mr. Ueno before his death, walking in an apparent trance past her apartment, she mentions. During a interview with Mr. Ueno's wife and son, the detectives learn that the cap went missing following his death; when a patrolman jumps from the complex with his pistol missing, Yamagawa tells his men to see if any of the victims' possessions vanished after their deaths.

Yamagawa goes back to the housing complex that night. After his pager goes off, Yamagawa calls the police station only to learn, he realizes that the killer offers the beeper as a trophy. To his fright, the beeper explodes. Yamagawa taunted by the killer in a pursuit that leads him to the roof. There, he meets Old Cho, floating in the air and possessing trophies from his many victims, including Mr. Ueno's winged hat. Yamagawa is found to have jumped off the building; the following day, a new girl named Etsuko moves into the complex with her family. When Old Cho uses his powers to drop a baby off a balcony, Etsuko uses her own psychic talents to save his life, she confronts Old Cho about the deed. Etsuko makes friends with Little Yo and Hiroshi, Yoshikawa's son. Meanwhile, Inspector Okamura, an old colleague of Yamagawa's, visits the complex. Okamura sees an ghostly apparition of Yamagawa. Old Cho levels tells him to never come back. After leaving a playdate with Hiroshi and Little Yo, Etsuko is attacked by Tsutomu Sasaki, a young man, possessed by Old Cho.

Old Cho makes. The following night, as Yoshikawa hangs out in the complex courtyard, Old Cho offers him the dead patrolman's pistol. In the morning, Takayama visits a professor to get his expert opinion on the recent events, as well as any information on Japanese shamanism; the professor refers Takayama to a practicing shaman named Noriko Nonomura. After Takayama meets to Nonomura, they travel to the housing complex to let her examine it for signs of supernatural power. At the moment of their arrival, Old Cho and Etsuko are having a psychic battle. Takayama fails to understand the warning. Meanwhile, a policeman appears at Old Cho's apartment regarding his patio doors, which were shattered when Etsuko was attacked; the policeman and the manager are surprised to find the residence empty, save for a ring the policeman finds near the patio doors. Old Cho possesses Yoshikawa and kills a young boy, before going after Etsuko; when Hiroshi and Little Yo wander into the scene, Yoshikawa shoots Little Yo and kills Hiroshi.

Sensing Old Cho on the roof, Etsuko teleports to face him. This leads to a gigantic battle across the apartment complex. Etsuko suffers a mental breakdown when Old Cho blows up a building with a gas main, killing many children that were witnessing the battle on their balconies. Overwhelmed by Etsuko's power, a terrified Old Cho flees the scene. Etsuko's powers kill two firemen and cause more damage before she is calmed down by the presence of her mother. In the aftermath, Yoshikawa is blamed by the media for the tragedy. Old Cho is taken into custody, but Okamura gathers little information. After being given another psychic attack by Old Cho, Takayama begins keeping watch on him. While doing so in the complex's courtyard, Etsuko enters the scene and focuses her powers against Old Cho, he is overwhelmed and killed. Etsuko teleports from the scene, leaving Takayama clueless as to how Old Cho died. Chojiro Uchida - known as Old Cho, he is a senile old man who lives at the housing comp