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The Dime
wilowisp
Okay, here are my three choices for my final class for next semester. I already will be taking Directing I and Western Theatre II

Intro to Symbolic Logic with Folina
Folklore and Religion with Harle
Gods/Goddesses of East Asia with Horton

Does anyone have any opinions at all about these classes or professors? I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!


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i'm taking the first two.

intro to logic will be, i think, pretty simple for you. i don't know why anyone would take it who was not a philosophy major. it's like softcore math. folina is brilliant, and i can say that without malice. the problem with that is she's so smart that she doesn't realize how hard something can be for someone who doesn't have as great a mathematical mind as she does. what i am assuming is that it will be much like the first half of advanced symbolic logic. since advanced has a prereq that is either fulfilled by intro OR discrete math, she had to explain everything to over half the class. the first month and a half was essential intro on speed. and it was fine for me. what came after that was what made me have to withdraw. so if intro is just the first part of advanced spread out over a full semester, it should be fine. she may, however, go into a lot of theoretical bullshit that geoff simply wouldn't tolerate. in that case, it may be quite boring. there will also probably a lot of tedious homework, and perhaps suggested reading that you're fucked if you don't do.

folklore and religion. peter is so fucking cool. this is what he DOES. he has a masters in folklore from UIndiana. how fucking cool is that? he has the most insightful and complete ideas about what he teaches, and he knows so goddamn much and has such good firsthand experiences that hearing him teach, or even just talk about something he's been thinking about, is a real pleasure. i seem to remember you saying that you have a great interest in folklore. then take this class!! crazy boy. there will be a LOT of reading, because he wants you to be informed. that was the biggest problem for me. he will also expect you to be an active participant in discussion, way more than any other prof i know, but he will also probably expect you to participate in an online discussion at nicenet.org. that was what he did for religion and food. that way, if you are not particularly verbal in class (which i can't really imagine), you can make up for it there. that said, there is a lot of reading. it can be daunting. but this is where my vote goes.

gods and goddesses is a class i have taken. it is good. it is interesting, and sarah is awesome, she is my advisor. she is pretty laid back, but she is so freaking knowledgeable. between undergrad and grad school she spent four years teaching in japan. her dissertation was on buddhism (in japan?). a lot of times, she'll say that something is such a way in china or japan, and she has the pictures to prove it, because she's been there, and talked to people, and investigated. my favorite parts of the course were the bodhisattvas (i.e. avalokitesvara => guan(shi)yin => kannon), internal/external alchemy in china, ascetic practices in japan, and the two kinds of women priests/devotees of Fyodo Myoo (myoh-oh). it was a lot of fun. i guess the best bit, now that i step back and think about it, is "popular" religion. like, city gods and kami and the rites and practices associated with them in china and japan. it's like the little stuff that is truely the source of the richness of the religious environment in east asia. when i heard she'd changed the texts around a little, i wanted to take it again. that's how much i liked it.

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