Welcome to Wondering Aloud -- a blog about introducing philosophy to pre-college students. I'm the director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, and I started this blog to create another way to communicate about doing philosophy with young people.
The blog includes posts about some of my philosophy classes with pre-college students, thoughts about doing philosophy with young people, and ideas for how to introduce philosophy in K-12 classrooms and with your own children! Also check out our website, http://www.philosophyforchildren.org/, for more resources and ideas.
My hope is that this blog will help further the online community of those interested in pre-college philosophy, and will illustrate the vitality and joy of talking about philosophy with young people.
Jana -- September 2008
Friday, February 21, 2014
Let's Do Nothing!
Let's Do Nothing by Toby Fucile illustrates the perplexity of the concept of nothing. The book tells the story of two boys who, after concluding that they have "done it all," decide to do nothing.
The trouble is that doing nothing is not easy. If you blink, you're not doing nothing. If you open your eyes, you're not doing nothing, but if you close them, you're not doing nothing. Finally the boys conclude, "There is no way to do nothing."
What do we mean when we say we are doing nothing? What would it mean to do nothing? Is it impossible to do nothing if you're alive?What exactly is nothing? Can "nothing" exist?