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Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey

John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology

I had to give a presentation in class this week about John Dewey, pragmatism, and technology. It’s one of those cases where finding the topic interesting enough to be critical about it is less than automatic. Nonetheless, I managed to fill three hours and to complete the related paper. But I’ve been trying to rethink my place in academia of late, and it has not been easy. The main problem is that my capability is directly proportional to my interest level. I excel at problems which interest me. I fail at those which don’t. And there won’t ever be an academic field in which everything interests me; therefore there won’t ever be one at which I’ll be more than marginally successful. Do I really want to do this for the rest of my life, or not?