Togga party

L to R: Claudia, Alex, Hanna & Norma

L to R: Cool african dude who can really dance, yours truly & Carrissa

The Australian take on Toga’s in a foreign country. Just in case the accent is not enough. Can you actually believe people walked up to me and asked if I was from england?

So this was the Toga party – the First of the U of R’s Lazy Owl – Five Fridays! I would put more pics up on FlickR Except I have already used my quota for the month! You’ll just have to wait till October! More details to come on the very very social week/weekend it was just gone!

Claudie and Alex are both exchange students, Claudia from Mexico and Hanna from Belgium! Yes she likes Hoegarden! Carrissa and Norma are both locals. The African dude is obviously from Africa, but I don’t think he is here on exchange. Apologies if I spelt anyones names wrong!

Subject 2: Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy to me is about asking questions which have no obvious answer, and which you can entertain yourself with for hours, by argueing with yourself. If you find an answer, its a bonus. if you dont, your probably infinetly smarter for what you have just discovered is not the answer.

What i’m looking forward to in this subject is the emphasis on Truth. What is truth. It is usually accepted that a statement can be true or false. My name is Damian. True. But, do I actually have a name? Do I exist? If I don’t exist, can I possibly have a name?

According to the chap on the right, Associate Proffessor David Elliott (Department Head, Philosophy and Classics), there are three lots of three in Philosophy:

3 Questions:

  1. What is the nature of reality? (Metaphysics)
  2. What (and how) can I know? (Epistemology)
  3. What should I do or how should I live? (Moral and political philosophy)

3 Features:

  1. Makes the obvious problematic
  2. Informational Chaos
  3. Presentation of an overal vision/perspective

3 Practical Inferences:

  1. One should never assume anything is obvious–or at least always be careful about what assumptions one is making.
  2. Develop the strongest, most coherent argument that you can.
  3. Try to see the “big picture”, how your argument relates to other issues arguments/counterarguments of other philosophers.

We will use these three lots of three to try to understand a phillosopher called Rene Descartes:

The two most widely known of Descartes’ philosophical ideas are those of a method of hyperbolic doubt, and the argument that, though he may doubt, he cannot doubt that he exists”

“He resolves to trust only that which is clearly and distinctly seen to be beyond any doubt. In this manner, Descartes peels away the layers of beliefs and opinions that clouded his view of the truth. But, very little remains, only the simple fact of doubting itself, and the inescapable inference that something exists doubting, namely Descartes himself.”

Read more of the above about Descartes at

Foam Party

L to R: Vanessa, Alex & Tamara
Alex in her happy Long Island paradise!

$9 Jugs of Long Island Iced Tea!
Thanks go to Tamara & Vanessa for getting the tix to this saturdays foam party at JD’s cafe & nightspot! (Check the link – death by chickenwing) It was a great night despite ending up soaking wet and quite cold by aussie standards. Thank god for the warmth giving alcohol beforehand and Reids side splitting Aussie accent impersonations.
Just a little low down on the sexy trio: Vanessa is my RA (Residence Assistant), ie she is supposed to ‘control’ the parties. Tamara is her best friend & works practicaly full time as what she describes as a special needs punching bag & does uni full time, Alex is a fellow Aussie exchange student from CSU in Bathurst!

Subject 1: Power, Knowledge & Postmodernity

I promised a post on my subjects, and whilst it is not a usually entertaining topic, its probably going to be a future source of aggravation (I imagine somewhere in the league of groin tinea) so to justify my future complaining, whining and soul searching heres the low-down:

They mentioned philosophy somewhere in the subject outline and so it kind of tied in with my other subjects. It is a split lecture system and the 2 lecturers spent the first lecture telling us how good the other was.

The main lecturer was very passionate, a great speaker, clearly a feminist and so enthusiastic about the class she forget to mention what the point of it was. Has anyone ever gotten a subject outline that didn’t mention the goals or objectives of the class? If yes, are you also an arts student? I’d like to know what they are trying to achieve. Bonus is we get to read Nietzsche.

More raving later. We spent the second class discussing what the moral of the story was to Adam & Eve being evicted from Eden. Come on people, what was the name of the apple tree? I expect to see lots of comments on this, and I promise I’ll plagerize them in my first Essay. One thign I did learn is that arts students seem to be very very judgemental, they have a category for everyone! Post-modernists, neo-socialists, pre-modernists, social socialists, fascists democratics even! WTF?

To come: Intro to practical Logic 100 and Philosophy!



I feel a bit geeky doing all this computer stuff, but I love it! I wish I could take some computer classes when I get back home, but unlike here where you can change and chop your courses and majors as much as you want, provided you keep paying those tuition fees, its back to the academic factory that is UTS and most Australian uni’s!

Follow the link above or click on the Flickr flashy doodah on the right and check out the best pics I have to offer of the trip so far! Nearly over my limit already, so I feel Nicks pain!

Also check out the new link to Shuji’s page which operates like a notice board, you have to log in to post but its good to know he is living it up business class despite the flooding problems!

Thanks Samir…

Thanks must go to Samir for pointing out the subtle differences in media that mostly go unnoticed and slip into our subconscience to prejudice our ideas and beliefs without our knowledge. Were you originally doing marketing Samir, before changing to International studies?

The Real O-Week

Well, the real O-week began here on Tuesday, the same day as classes. It comes complete with beer tents, games, concerts, magicians, cheerleaders throwing people in the air, loud music and karoke in Lazy Owl uni bar till late.

Needless to say, for a tuesday it was a late one, making it four of five late ones in a row! My attempts to sneak one of my underage room mates into the lazy owl was succesful for all of 5 minutes! I think the security guard new I was dodgy.

We also had an exchange student reception, which included free pizza (of course), and a speed meeting session which was interesting. So all up, it has been an action packed week already and its only wednesday!