About

Welcome to Curioser and Curioser! A blog about many things but mostly Wonder.

It is also the homepage of Alfredo Mac Laughlin, assistant professor of Philosophy at St. Ambrose University in the Quad Cities, editor of the Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy, and of the Philosophy Clips website. Die-hard fan of Aristotle, Aquinas and Lonergan (extra points if you heard of him); of science fiction, fantasy, adventure stories and real science; of Die Hard, Indiana Jones, and The Empire Strikes Back; of Homer, Dickens, and Huck Finn; of Tolkien, Lewis, Chesterton and Milne; of teaching, writing, drawing, helping each other, and everything that Sounds Interesting. Recently adopted by Chicago, sixteen-inch softball, running, and the English language.

A quick tour:

Wonder will direct you to my (very slowly progressing) series on, well, wonder – what it is, and why it’s so important to philosophy and to life in general. It is a very neglected area of philosophy, and a very important part of life. You will find long-form articles, and shorter additions directing you to wonderful things I’ve found all over the Web.

Teaching will direct you to my blog/resource center for philosophy teachers and teachers in general. The activities described there are the ones I’ve found really helpful in class. They are free to use and modify. I hope you’ll find them helpful too! If you want to do some philosophizing on your own, with the help of little snippets from movies and TV, check out my site Philosophy Clips.

What to Watch with Your Kids (W2WK) lists movies & shows that both my kids and I have not just tolerated, but actually enjoyed watching together. Test-driven (most of them), and with comments on recommended minimum age and appropriateness. Have time for a movie night, and don’t know what to watch? Give these a try! (*My kids, though, grew faster than I could keep up with this list so there isn’t much here. I should hurry and begin a What to Watch with your Teens before it’s too late!)

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