avoiding phenomenology

Finished Cat’s Cradle. Not sure how I felt about it, other than it was well-written, and that the horror of the ice-nine and everything involved with it was fully impressed on me.

Started a new book: Roland Barthes’s Image, Music, Text. So far it’s been a really good read — the 25 pages of it I’ve read. So far it’s all about the photographic image and how meaning is transmitted through it, or something like that. I’m procrastinating, really, from reading about phenomenology. From Stanford.edu:

Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The central structure of an experience is its intentionality, its being directed toward something, as it is an experience of or about some object. An experience is directed toward an object by virtue of its content or meaning (which represents the object) together with appropriate enabling conditions.

I never was too good at philosophy.

Checked out the GRE literature from the library, and will try to hit it later today. Skimming it gives me the impression that to ace the GRE, I need to be a PhD student/English professor.

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