Wednesday, October 10, 2007

My day

Today I tried to explain to my students what is meant by the necessary desires of a rational agent. So I told them, "I just got a brand new MP3 player and my headphones broke. I want new headphones. Right now I am borrowing headphones from my husband and kids, and I really want my own pair. Is that the sort of desire that we would expect any rational agent to necessarily have?"

And my students looked thoughtful and said, "Hmm....yes."

And Frankie and I got caught in a traffic jam for over an hour.

So how was your day?


  1. hey, it's what they would want and they're rational...right? this being said with tongue firmly in cheek ans from the mindset of college freshmen and sophmores i've ever dealt with!

    hang in there!

  2. Buy yourself the headphones, already!

  3. I'm guessing that after an hour stuck in traffic with Frankie your eardrums ruptured anyway and you now have no need for the headphones.


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