What Experience Doesn’t Teach: my submission for the Sanders Prize in Public Philosophy

Turns out, no one won. Mine is not to reason why, but to merely redouble my efforts. Thus, any suggestions—and I’m not at all committed to maintaining the “public philosophy” aspect (if there ever was one)—would be greatly appreciated. Here’s the start:

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You aren’t supposed to talk about it. Not really. And certainly not in front of the kids. But that isn’t why you don’t remember it. That isn’t why you don’t remember the way it feels. You don’t remember the way it feels because it doesn’t leave a memory trace to begin with. The facts are retained, but the feeling disappears.

What I’m alluding to is . . . (read on to find out:  WHAT EXPERIENCE DOESN’T TEACH )

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