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Monday, November 13, 2017

PERSONAL BEST

Some years ago, before my morning walk regime, I spent some time at a local gym working out on the treadmill.  I told my son, Tobias, who is in spectacular shape, that it depressed me to slog away and then see someone on the next treadmill going twice as fast, and uphill.  He gave me some very wise advice:  “Pay no attention to them.  Just concentrate on your personal best.”

With that in mind, I hereby report my personal best.  Never mind The Big Bang Theory or The Rachel Maddow Show or Huffington Post or even a Noam Chomsky video, all of which get more views on YouTube in a day than I could get in a lifetime.  My first lecture on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is eight views away from hitting the 50,000 mark!


To be sure, it falls off rapidly after that, so that the ninth and last lecture now has only 3554 views.  But still, 3554!  That is probably ten times as many people as I taught the Critique to in a fifty-year career.

2 comments:

magdalen said...

Wacky how the Interwebz amplify our words and ideas, isn't it? And these days, our polarization and anger, too.


signed,

the only kid in your Harvard Summer School high schoolers class in 1986 who argued against the Leviathan and in favor of democracy

Edwin Kaack said...

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for these great lectures, professor. Inspiration is a chronically overused concept but I'm certain that your lectures had a significant effect on my decision to pursue philosophy. Thank you very much for these excellent and inspiring lectures.

All the best,

Edwin