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(AP)   Michigan university to teach "The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer"   ( divider line
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2001-12-15 05:18:43 PM  
2001-12-15 05:19:39 PM  
Thats actually the title of a book that compares the Simpsons with philosophers like Aristotle, Mill, and Kant. Overall I wasn't convinced and this think this will be the king of blow-off classes at Michigan
2001-12-15 05:22:37 PM  
2001-12-15 05:27:19 PM  
I'd take the class.
2001-12-15 05:27:27 PM  
I actually own that book. It's pretty interesting, if you want to see just how pathetic some analogies can get.
2001-12-15 05:30:23 PM  
Is this one of those "subversive" lectures that Ashcroft wants shut down?
2001-12-15 05:32:24 PM  
I bet i know the most simpsons trivia on fark.
2001-12-15 05:34:55 PM  
now we know the full depths that "social" promotion have wrought.
2001-12-15 05:37:26 PM  
The Simpsons is one of the best sit-coms ever IMO.
I'd take that class and ace it I'm sure.
2001-12-15 05:38:11 PM  
i know everything about the simpsons...
well, nearly everything...
i'd have to have a marathon or two before i'd be able to tell you what episode it is by looking at the black board credits...
if i watched a marathon or two, they should make a special podium for me at beat the geeks

i would SO own that show, when it comes to simpsons related trivia

2001-12-15 05:38:43 PM  
I'm taking a course next semester, Popular Culture, and it involves a lot of watching the Simpsons and South Park et al. It's supposed to be a very good and intellectual course...and rather difficult.
2001-12-15 05:40:32 PM  
They did have a simpsons podium on beat the geeks.. he lost his medal the goober.. simpsons rule! with futurama in a close tie :-)
2001-12-15 05:46:14 PM  
Actually, the book uses the Simpsons as a device to introduce people to the basics of philosophy. It's a fun book and a fun intro to philosophy, I would recommend it to any Simpsons fan and student of popular culture.
2001-12-15 06:06:59 PM  
This needs a tag
2001-12-15 06:08:03 PM  
I put the COOL tag in it, but it didn't work.
HTML was enabled.
Oh well lemmie try again
cool tag below

^cool tag above
/me checks
2001-12-15 06:13:06 PM  
Gotta be Michigan. Doesnt surprise me.
2001-12-15 06:16:33 PM  
That's it, I'm going to Michigan University.
2001-12-15 06:16:47 PM  
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2001-12-15 06:17:04 PM  
It sounds like the perfect way to introduce people to philosophy, BigW. Every college student likes the Simpsons.
2001-12-15 06:17:36 PM  
i never actually saw beat the geeks
is there an opening for simpsons trivia god now?
2001-12-15 06:20:33 PM  
The Apocalypse is upon us.
2001-12-15 06:25:45 PM  
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2001-12-15 07:19:27 PM  
Homer: $20?! But I wanted a peanut!
Homer's Brain: $20 can buy many peanuts.
Homer: Explain how!
Homer's Brain: Money can be exchanged for goods and services.
Homer: Woohoo!
2001-12-15 07:20:20 PM  
The Simpsons geek runs a great site. You can send in your reviews of Simpsons' episodes, and I'm apparently the only one there who knows tags and stuff.
2001-12-15 07:30:33 PM  
Starlight_phoenix That's it, I'm going to Michigan University.

There is no Univeristy called "Michgan University". The class is being offered at Siena Heights University, some worthless private liberal arts college IN Michigan.
2001-12-15 07:42:18 PM  
"Me fail philosophy. That's unpossible."

Hmm..not quite the same.
2001-12-15 08:03:27 PM  
"Wow, God is so in-your-face!"
"Yeah, He's my favorite fictional character."
2001-12-15 08:40:18 PM  
My econ prof claims the writers are Marxist. I had to write a 14 pg paper on the ideas of Karl Marx that appear in the Simpsons.
2001-12-15 08:54:27 PM  
how the heck did you do that? seriously.
2001-12-15 08:58:22 PM  
"For 12 seasons, 'The Simpsons' has mined religious subjects for laughs. The staple of the Fox network has sometimes been called sacrilegious - rather than satirical - for its jabs at clergy and the faithful."

Homer: (looking at ceiling) "OH, WHY GOD? WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?!"
Marge: "Homer, that's not God. That's just a pancake Bart stuck to the ceiling."
Homer: "Mmmmmmm.....sacrilicious."
2001-12-15 09:21:45 PM  
Having earned a degree in Philosophy, studied the philosophy of religion here and abroad, watched every Simpsons episode and read the books in question, it sounds like a good idea. An undergrad coursein the philosophy of religion using some of the texts mentioned is fine. Personally I think there are better texts bubt the collaberative effort of the Simpsons books are good from a philosopher's perspective.
2001-12-15 10:02:34 PM  
The Simpsons teaching college kids religion? SACRILICIOUS!
2001-12-15 10:11:49 PM  
If this isn't a indication of America's surrender, then I guess it will take a bunch of apes to rule you.
2001-12-16 12:05:31 AM  
Actually the book this is all based on is really smart. I own it and it is a great philisophical read. It isn;t aughable, i'd take that class.
2001-12-16 02:08:23 AM  
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2001-12-16 11:36:19 AM  
The show is good entertainment and escapism. To give someone college credit for discussing same is a big joke; a waste of tuition money. If some duffus, or his/her mommy and daddy, is/are going to pay for this foolishness, so be it... Ivy league schools have offered similar trash.
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