Tuesday, December 13, 2005


This might be my first blogger meme ever, I'm not sure. Clayton hit me, and like Shieva, I'm procrastinating. So here I go. 1. Seven things to do before I die
  1. Run a marathon.
  2. Write my very last required term paper.
  3. Win a poker tournament.
  4. Earn a Ph.D.
  5. Get paid to sing.
  6. Live in England.
  7. Write the seminal work in imagination and epistemology.
2. Seven things I cannot do
  1. Convince people that a picture of a logical impossibility is a picture of a logical impossibility.
  2. Sing tenor roles.
  3. Instantiate triangularity in my thoughts about triangles.
  4. Win the Super Bowl three times in four years.
  5. When I have a full house, and another player in the same game has four of a kind, and neither of us folds, win.
  6. Be really dryly ironic without being taken seriously.
  7. Reliably predict whether indeterminate future-tense sentences will become true. (Damn sea-battles!!!)
3. Seven things that attract me to my spouse/best friend (I'll answer for spouse.)
  1. Her endless patience with all my little adventures and misadventures.
  2. Her comfort with polyamory.
  3. Her ability to do all -- yes, all -- of the things I can't do.
  4. The skillful and sensitive way she handles our hypothetical children.
  5. Her status as a self-actualized, independent woman, demanding of and receiving the respect and admiration of those who encounter her.
  6. Her bazoomies.
  7. Her complete and utter perfection (with the single possible exception, if being is necessary for perfection, which it probably isn't, of there being no such spouse).
4. Seven things I say most often
  1. "I think that insights from the philosophy of imagination can shed some interesting light on this issue."
  2. "Right on."
  3. "I'll raise."
  4. "It is, it is, a glorious thing to be a pirate king!" (typically sung)
  5. "I guess I worry that [insert decisive argument against the view here]."
  6. "It's cool."
  7. "Rock on, dude. Yeah!"
5. Seven books I love
  1. Yeomen of the Guard vocal score.
  2. The World of the Imagination, Eva Brann
  3. Conceivability and Possibility, Gendler & Hawthorne, eds.
  4. Santa Lives! Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus, Ellis Weiner
  5. The Butter-Battle Book, Dr. Seuss
  6. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  7. The Constitution of the United States of America
6. Seven movies I would watch over and over if I had the time
  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Topsy-Turvy
  4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  5. Finding Neverland
  6. Moulin Rouge
  7. Clue
7. Seven people I want to join in, too
  1. Aristotle
  2. Augustine
  3. Descartes
  4. Locke
  5. Hume
  6. Carnap
  7. Wittgenstein


  1. Man o' man, I should have tried harder on the movies section. Clue!

    I went to see it with my mom in elementary school and we were the only two who showed up. Totally overlooked. Should have won an Oscar.

  2. "Convince people that a picture of a logical impossibility is a picture of a logical impossibility."

    I'm intrigued. Have you tried this one online? Can you point us to it?

    PS I tried to scan your archives for it, but they don't scan.

  3. So is #3 dealing with a Meinongian object, or does this have something to do with reading those statements as conditionals with false antecedents? The latter is a project I've toyed with once or twice in the past without any success, so if that's what you're up to I'm intrigued.