Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

November 26, 2006

Long time no post, eh? Well, I’ve been busy. I am …

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 12:37 am

Long time no post, eh?
Well, I’ve been busy. I am writing my paper for the WSCAL Christian Mind class I am taking. I was thinking about things and I ‘fessed up to Big D the other day that when I dropped out of college to embark on a career of serious drug use back in 1970, the primary contributing factor for dropping out was that in my major, which was Political Science, the biggest part of getting graduated was writing all the papers that were required. I hated writing papers and the easiest way out of writing them was to quit. So I did.

So here I am again. I tried to get an early start so I began this project about a month ago. I still have a week left and I hope to finish by Monday night. That will give me a few weeks to catch up on reading and study for the final.

I have a friend from WSCAL who is in my Christian Mind class who says once he gets his thesis, his outline and his secondary resources lined up, he can spit out his 15 or so pages in about 3 hours. And I believe him.



  1. I bet you don’t quit this time. Is writing theology papers easier than political science papers?

    Comment by thin air — November 27, 2006 @ 1:30 am

  2. How ironic that the poli sci major is so apolitical today and the engineer in the family has become completely political. And obviously your friend who did all his pre-writing so carefully (good for him) doesn’t seem to include revision in his writing process. Hmmm…we teachers of writing would frown on that…but we also understand the press of time at this point in the semester. Don’t let my students know, though….

    Comment by Sister — November 27, 2006 @ 3:32 am

  3. In my high school english class, our teacher taught us a paper-writing method of reading all of our sources, and copying quotes & biblio info (page number, etc.) onto notecards, then structuring your paper by selecting and sorting the 3×5’s. After you get to that point (she claimed), “your paper will write itself!”

    One of my buddies from that class (who you might remember — you played chess with him once) gave her a funny cartoon that showed himself with a stack of notecards, with an exasperated caption “Well, you heard her!”

    Good luck!

    Comment by RubeRadhttp://ruberad.wordpress.com — November 27, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  4. Theology papers are easier then Poli-Sci papers but only because how much I like the subject. They are still hard for me.

    I revise as I go. A lot of deleting, moving blocks around and leaving sections undone till later. I also write the bibliography first, since leaving it for the end makes for drudgery.

    I heard the “the paper will write itself” from my WSCAL friend too.

    Comment by Bruce S — November 27, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

  5. I hate this http://www.blogger.com site. Every time I want to enter a comment I have to type it three times, because after I type it, I try to sign in, and after I’ve signed in, it has deleted what I typed. Then I have to type it again, and sign in again. Help me!

    Anyway, my dad graduated with a poly sci degree in 72. You and he can both read Kline. Remarkable how much similarity there is there.

    Anyway again, you should definitely not rewrite papers as you go. You should try to get through a draft, and then go back and fix it.

    Get the basic logical format out there and on paper, and then just go back and tweak it. It’ll take you forever to write a paper your way. I bet it does too.

    But the key is having a good grasp on formal logic. Remind me, I have a CD rom, you can borrow it, and then you’ll write papers in your sleep. Being able to write well is just a matter of knowing what you want to say, and what’s necessary in order to prove it. And all of that is just a matter of logic at the end of the day.

    In other words, if you need to make point C as a Conclusion, then you know you need to back it up with Premises A and B. So you assert A and B. But those need to be proven too, because they are conclusions. And so on and on and on. That’s why you can always expand a paper. But first you have to have your thought structured in terms of premises, conclusion.

    For example:
    1. All crows are black birds.
    2. This is a crow.
    3. Therefore, this is a black bird.

    Seems simple and straight foward enough, and it IS – but the trick is being deliberate about understanding this structure in your papers.

    Now I have imparted everything I learned in a 4 year philosophy degree to you.


    Comment by Gospel_or_Death — December 18, 2006 @ 12:25 am

  6. YEAH

    Comment by Anonymous — December 18, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

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