(every year, notes are updated and revised to reflect new ideas brought to A&O from the literature and by students)

These notes document the way in which past seminars of A&O have unfolded / blossomed and indicate intended directions for 2020  Notes from 2018 and 2019 provide only a rough guide as to what to expect in 2020 because they reflect the specific interests of the participants in previous years.

The disciplinary core of the course remains the same: the spiral helix of “DEEP ETHOLOGY” (the integrative study of behavior) and “CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF ART and AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE”


A&O CLASS NOTES for 2020, replacing notes of 2019 (each week)

  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 24, 2020 Connect remote sites by ZOOM: (Checking in & Project discussion) then later, read Post on Loneliness and Longing.  
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–March 31, 2020    (Connect by ZOOM) WE WILL DISCUSS PowerPoint pointers and embracing critical generalities while positioning yourself for more deeply focused topic. 
    • ROOTS and FRUITS: Have you touched all the bases to root your paper in scholarship or empirical evidence before going off into specifics and personal stories (yours or those of other people)
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–APRIL 7  (Connect by ZOOM) YOUR POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS (est 10-12 minutes) or performance shared with your classmates.  This is an exploration of your semester project; 
    • Each of you will (privately) review each other to help you flesh out / fill in gaps, indicate possible new connections.  (e-mail list shared by e-mail) Each presentation should include (or strongly imply) possible connections to DEEP ethology.
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–APRIL 14  (Connect by ZOOM)  
    •   RELATIVE to YOUR presentation, what can YOUR experience or the experiences you are attempting to present and discuss say about States of Mind–how we FEEL and how that affects the MEANING of what we’re talking about?   (encountering this point again may remind you of how the mind and body are integrated (in “embodied cognition“) and the distinction between sentience and sapience.
    •  Describing other people, “what in the world must they have been thinking when they did that?!  Even paleolithic cave artists, or Neanderthals interring loved ones with flower petals (or red ochre, or their pets) (this could be called “Paleopsychology.”) 
    • Feedback and fine-tuning session for presentations, then final instructions for paper  OUTLINE of MAIN POINTS for paper.  See notes on TEACHING PHILOSOPHY in practice for clues about how the points of view in this class aspire to enabling creativity.
  • A&O CLASS NOTES–APRIL 21facis de necessitate virtutem : PRESENTATIONS; Checking in and out .


Please have your final Powerpoint presentation to me as soon as possible

CHANGE: Written reports target date = May 1, DEADLINE May 4.



UTK Spring 2020 Academic Calendar



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