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Thread #59418 Message #3383235
Posted By: Amos
29-Jul-12 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I think Rapp was commandeering the conversation LH was having with me, using his signature deft technique of blunt force combined with fictive narcissism.
There was a lot of conversation going on before and after the concert. I got into a long chat with the chair of the Philosophy Department, a stunningly good-looking Greek gentleman named George. Well, his name is actually Georgios Anagnostopoulos; anyway, I got to pick his brains about the decline of philosophy in western civilization.
Did you know that there is a quadri-annual convention of philosophers from all over the world, just like the Olympics? More impressive, this year's convention is being held in Greece, where of course all Western philosophy has its roots. But more impressive, did you realize this event draws fifteen thousand people as participants from all over the world? Who'd have thought there was such a community of philosophers sprinkled among our barbaric world, hiding among the heathens and the know-nothings and the grinches of modern materialism!!?? It gives hope to the weary breast, indeed it do!
The Greek government had originally committed significant assistance with funding the current year's convocation, and of course now that the economic crisis has reduced the Greek government to an international whipping boy in Oliver Twist raiments, the convention has been left in the lurch. But they are scrambling to make do and find other sources of funding.
Schick's virtuosity achieved a standing ovation. He's completely artful, selfless, engaged, present, and impassioned in his work, a joy to see in play, and self-effacing and gracious when he is not playing.
End of Report!