OU blog

Personal Blogs

New philosophical lows...

Visible to anyone in the world

So my tma 4 scored 53. Lowest mark i have had throughout this module and the lowest of all my modules so far....


But the question is... do i double down?

My OCAS so far is s grade three pass. I can turn in two more tma's that hover around 50 and get a grade three pass.

I could not bother to do the last two tms's and drop to a grade 4 pass...

Then it all rides on the exam. Anything exam score over 40% for a grade 4 pass or over 55% for a grade three. I cannot see any possible way i could hit 70% or higher in the exam to jail a grade 2 pass.

This is all disappointing, the two modules before this one i have been in the 80-85% range...


So i wonder if i should play ball and submit the final 2 tma's, or should i not bother with them? Or even better, mis represent the next tma question into a sarcastic rant about how awful i have found this module and philosophy in general. 

I would love to hear what Simon thinks about my situation. Without his wise words i might have lost my rag with this module much sooner

So i cannot thank Simon Reed enough for his support and his wise perspective.

#bloodyA222 .


Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Philosophy of HELL....

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Friday, 2 Mar 2018, 15:43

TMA 4 submitted, and off we go onto block 5. The philosophy of the mind. Out of the four modules so far, i found block one, personal identity the most interesting. Block 5 is about the mind, so lots more issues around souls, mental states and what makes us have a 'mind'. so i might enjoy this block more than others. The only salvation is block six is political philosophy, and i have studied that to some degree in my last two modules, so i should be okay with block 6.

Getting nearer the exit door of this module now, i am ready to get my coat and leave.

I am not saying that studying Philosophy is Hell, however....

if JP Satre was right, then Hell is other people, i would suggest that purgatory is people talking about philosophy. 

Or if Dante was right and there are several levels of hell then i might suggest,

Over the doorway to Hell- a sign saying 'JP Satre welcomes you--and other people to hell.'

Hell Level one- the philosophy of religion... 'Surprise, your in Hell !'

Hell Level two- Ethics- did you take some satisfaction about being good... 'Surprise! your in Hell, Mr Kant will not see you now'

Level two has a sub level, level B, a train track with a trolley that is going up a 1:3 gradient and is pushed by philosophy undergraduates for all eternity, if they stop pushing the trolley rolls backward and crushes them, and a sign saying 'push the trolley, it's for Hells greater good'

Hell level Three- the philosophy of science. a big sign declaring 'all science to be false, with the exception of hell which cannot be falsified, hence Hell=science'.

Hell level Four- Philosophy of the mind, a big sign declaring, 'its not your soul stuck here, its your mental state- so welcome to hell, it's a state of mind!'

Hell level 5- Political philosophy- a sign saying 'all suffering is theft, your suffering belongs to hell'

Hell level 5 has a sub level, Level R, where Rousseau sits behind a desk telling all those in hell that they can never be free of the suffering of hell,unless they fully surrender themselves to Hell, then he makes everyone sign a contract.

Hell level 6- The very centre of Hell, a tele porter booth with a sign saying 'Exit Hell Here'...and a big red button. If you press the button Derek Parfit appears and tells you not to worry about being in Hell, it is not physiologically continuous with your future self anyway... there is a door at the side of the tele porter room, which leads too...

Hell level 6, sub level H, A prison cell in which sits David Hume, who regardless of what you ask him, just answers ' i am very sceptical about all this'

I wonder if this posts counts as a revision flash card?

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

updated the website

Visible to anyone in the world

My blog looks different !! 

i imagine everyone's student home got updated, so everyone's blog looks different.

It's just change Michael, it is not good, it is not bad, it is just different....

Do we all like the change????


Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Blog slowing down

Visible to anyone in the world

I have been a bit light with blog posts lately 

I think i have slowed down abit because i have decided it is better to only post when i hsve something relevant to  blog about, rather than just doing it for the sake of it.

Despite my slow down, my hit counter is clocking 14,000 views.

So thanks again to everyone who has visited my blog.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

tma 4

Visible to anyone in the world

Well i wrote 700 words for my TMa 4 last week, now i hate those 700 words, and so need to sit down and write anew.

#bloodya222.

Round and round it goes , this module is so frustrating....

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Hits.

Visible to anyone in the world

The views counter keeps on rolling, 13500 coming up.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Blade runner 2

Visible to anyone in the world

I have watched blade runner 2 three times now, i still cannot make my mind up.

It is either stunning or somewhat bollocks, and three viewings later, i still cannot work out which one it is...

What do you all think of it?

Permalink 3 comments (latest comment by Michael Gumbrell, Monday, 12 Feb 2018, 09:56)
Share post

Online support group

Visible to anyone in the world

Having spoken to Simon, i am tempted to start an online support group for former philosophy module students.

It will focus on keeping a calm pragmatic mind set to what philosophy has shown us, i use the word 'shown' rather than 'taught' so that we can keep a light inductive air to the group.

There must be a section called ' my essay, my rules'

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

super bowl

Visible to anyone in the world

Well, my word.

That was any amazing super bowl. I already mentioned i could not bet against the patriots, and then the eagles pulled an amazing performance out of the bag. That was the most attacking super bowl of all time, massive yard figures.

And that Philly special play at the end of the first half! unbelievable.

So i enjoyed it greatly and well done to the Eagles...

So that's it for NFL for another year, now the long six week wait for the formula 1 season to start.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

book 4

Visible to anyone in the world

so i have worked through book 4, knowledge, Kuhn is much more interesting than Popper, however Popper is the tma theme.

so i have three weeks to write the tma 4, i seem stuck with 63-69% scores, my advice was i need to change my writing style to score higher, however this is only one module of six, and my ocas up to this point was 82%, so i might well just grind out more 68% tmas for this module, and keep my eye on the bigger prize, after all #bloddya222 is the only philosophy module i will be doing on my degree pathway.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

all about the hits

Visible to anyone in the world

Once again I would like to thank everyone who takes the time to visit my blog.

The view counter has just clocked 13,000 views!

Thank you everyone.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

tma 3

Visible to anyone in the world

I do seem to be in a rut/grove for the a222 tma's.

tma 1 - 68%, tma 2-63% and I just got the score for tma3, which was 68%.

so nothing stellar, but I have ground it out so far.

Since I am hating the a222 course, I should be happy with my 65% OCAS so far.

I have started my exam revision much earlier this year, it might be needed to try and keep up my overall score.

#bloodya222

Permalink 6 comments (latest comment by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 11 Feb 2018, 10:24)
Share post

Superbowl

Visible to anyone in the world

Its is superbowl night..  i shall be watching. I suspect i will be watching tom brady become the GOAL by winning a sixth superbowl, i cannot see a way for the eagles to halt the patriots.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

So tired, tired of waiting..

Visible to anyone in the world

Still waiting for my tma 03 mark.

I am already 75% through book 4 already. I have already started the tma 4.

I have also downloaded the last 6 years of exam questions and put them into a matrix to inform my revision.

I have a question for simon reed. In your comment to the blog post below, you mentioned last years a222, book 3 tma question, which was different to this years book 3 tma question.

Do you remember all of the tma questions from a222 october 2017 to june 2017.

I would be really keen to know, i could put that info into my matrix to see the relationship between tma and exam questions... that would help my revision program greatly.

Permalink 4 comments (latest comment by Simon Reed, Sunday, 4 Feb 2018, 15:04)
Share post

TMA 3

Visible to anyone in the world

So i finished TMA 3.

Thats 50% of the course complete.

Still hating every moment of it thou..

Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Simon Reed, Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018, 19:24)
Share post

Views

Visible to anyone in the world

The hit counter for this blog is about to turn 12,000.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to view my blog.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Carrillion

Visible to anyone in the world

My brother used to work for Carrillion. He got out from under their shadow 18 months ago.

He is still worried though, he has 20 years of payments into their pension fund.


Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Jags and saints

Visible to anyone in the world

Well that was a surprise.

Bortalls and the jags over turning the bree's led saints.

A good defence really is a platform for offence. 

Can the jags repeat that trick against brady and the pats?

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Nfl play offs

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 14 Jan 2018, 11:10

I am very happy that, in an effort to promote the game in the uk, the nfl games are free to view on sky sports. 

I have been enjoying the season and the post season so far.

I think the NE patriots will be the team to best. New Orleans has the best route through  the nfc post season pathway. So i would go for a patriots and new Orleans super bowl, the steelers might be the fly in the patriots ointment.

Next weekend are the championship games, that is going to be two great games of football 

 

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Tma 3

Visible to anyone in the world

Tma 3 asks us to consider the ends justify the means in relation to consequentialism..

I am tempted to use the trolley thought experiment to answer the tma question.

Or would that be to simplistic?


Permalink 2 comments (latest comment by Simon Reed, Sunday, 14 Jan 2018, 12:13)
Share post

Hitting half way

Visible to anyone in the world

I just have to write tma3 and i can move on to the next block.

Half way done.

I am pleased to be 50% done.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Views.

Visible to anyone in the world

The view counter on my blog is about to pass 11,500.

Everyone is so very busy and so i really appreciate that my fellow students have taken time out of their busy schedules to read my blog 

I hope you all enjoy my content and it is worth a brief procrastination away from our study planners 

Thank you everyone.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Online subscriptions

Visible to anyone in the world

Following on from being interested in quantum things. I had a look at a website which provides tutorials on wave form and the algebraic equations related to quantum mechanics. 

It all looks very interesting and i would like to work through the materials

However the subscription is 16 pounds per month. 

At the moment i cannot afford the subscription on top of all my other monthly bills.

Which is a shame.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Interesting things

Visible to anyone in the world

Quantum game theory looks very interesting. I have been doing some reading about it.

Got to love a qubit.

So once i get a222 out of the way i move onto economics, covering game theory, and once that is covered off i can look at quantum game theory in more detail.

Looking forward to that.   

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

Book 3 away

Visible to anyone in the world

So i have completed book 3, ethics.

Now i just have to return to chapter 2 and write the tma 3.

Hopefully i can write something in the 65-70% range.

One step closer to home...

#bloodya222.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

This blog might contain posts that are only visible to logged-in users, or where only logged-in users can comment. If you have an account on the system, please log in for full access.

Total visits to this blog: 350578