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Hey, just wanted to make sure my e-mail reached you safely ^_^~

Yes I got it! Sorry, its been a bit manic at work lately so when I get home I’ve been zonking out. I will read next week some time xxx


(answering publicly cos I’m on the app and it doesn’t seem to do private messaging rah rah)

Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning.

Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”

A bit harsh? Perhaps, but philosophy teachers owe it to our students to teach them how to construct and defend an argument – and to recognize when a belief has become indefensible.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.

No, you’re not entitled to your opinion (via kiransingh)

kiea233:

Since Dean turned into a demon,He cant find him.Now no matter how cruel the world is, he has to face it. Alone.

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

littlehollyleaf:

N° 8 in the Series "Favourite SPN Shots"
5x16 "Dark Side of the Moon"

"You son of a bitch, I believed in…"

#This will always be one of the most powerful Cas scenes to me #And one of the most heartbreaking ones at that as well #It’s the moment Cas loses all his faith #Because his father has seemingly stopped caring a long time ago #It’s the moment that everything he believed in and he hoped for #Starts crumbling down #And falling to pieces #It’s the moment reality sets in #In the most painful way #To me it will always mark the moment Cas truly and completely chose humanity #And then there is Dean #Witnessing how much this weighs on Cas #An angel who is at the end of his rope #Who lost all hope #Who learnt the hardest way that his dad is another deadbeat dad #And Dean knows so well how that feels #Because I am willing to bet that in that moment #He remembers all the times he tried to call his dad but didn’t get through to him #All the times he felt let down #Just look at the sadness in his eyes #In both their eyes #Their will never come a day I will not be endlessly emotional about this scene (via dustydreamsanddirtyscars)

Wow emotional thinking!

For me - I was mostly ‘yes FINALLY’ about this, because, well, I didn’t like the idea of the Christian god being such a big deal within the SPN universe (and tbh I found Cas’ faith in him somewhere on the scale of dull-embarrassing… wasn’t a big fan of the ‘search for god’ thing - it’s the one Cas storyline I’m actually not fussed happened offscreen). So when god turned out to be a ‘deadbeat dad’ and not the all powerful, benevolent deus ex machina I was worried S05 was gonna make him and Cas’ (to me naive/childish) belief in him was destroyed… I was cheering a little inside :p

So much to the YES about Dean witnessing Cas lose faith in his father though! I love the parts that emphasise Dean and Cas’ similarities :)

Oh I actually completely agree with you. I was very wary of the whole god thing as well. But I love that it gave us this scene, because well… the similarities are heartbreaking and I love it! :’)

:D

hamburgergod:

littlehollyleaf replied to your post: Mark watches spn s6 prediction:

*holds you* omg but Cas nxt season with his life as a clock ticking down - but not caring about saving himself, just desperately hoping he has time enough to save Dean and prioritising not being a burden to Sam! CasCasCas!

nooooooo (yeeeeeeeees) on top of that Cas helping Hannah and everyone get Heaven back in order while trying to maintain himself and the fading grace as long as possible so he doesn’t fade away before Dean is cured and Sam gets his brother back and help restore Heaven and possibly chase down Crowley and kick his ass (“when you betray us, I’ll be the one to rip out your heart”) and oh lord Cas

and Cas probably collapsing under the strain of all of this, of trying to do everything himself, of believing everything is his responsibility and he’s not allowed to ask for help!

and then, maybe others just looking after him for a bit, yeah??