Cogitas is a referential name to my academic past. Currently, I am working on a PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication. But things were not always thus. I was once a philosopher. A professional thinker. Cogitas is a faux-latin word for thinker (it might be real latin, but if so, that’s a coincidence).

I received a master’s degree in philosophy a few years ago, running away from a program that I wasn’t interested in and a department that I thought was hopelessly outdated before continuing on to a PhD. I then left the academic world for about a year and did what I could with a MA in philosophy: retail management.

Words cannot express how awful that was. Suffice to say, it inspired my return to academia.

Now I am preparing to move through the biggest stage in my education to date and producing this blog to think about my research interests and my general academic thoughts.

In other words, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, in the Writing Studies department. This blog is for me to organize my thoughts during this process.

General about me information:

I was born in 1980. I say this so I don’t have to update my age.

I was married in 2006. I remain quite happily married to my wonderful wife.

I support gun control, gay marriage, gay rights, feminism, women’s rights, an end to domestic abuse, drug legalization, most libertarianism, environmentalism, and many other liberal things. I think it is important to support what is right, even if those things (gay marriage, gay rights, women’s rights, etc) does not directly apply to you.

Though I am an American citizen, I pray you won’t hold that against me.

I am fascinated with Eastern culture, convinced that our culture’s days are numbered, and yet generally hopeful for humanities general future.

I am a pedagogue by nature and try to be an architect demeanor.

I am a nerd, by virtually any definition.

I am concerned and interested in the future, in future technologies and how they can be used for the betterment of us all, particularly in how they can best be used in the classroom. I’m also leaning towards examining science fiction through enough of an academic lens to make it a legitimate project.

cogito ergo sum – part of the greatest argument ever made.

  1. Beagle says:

    Hello! May I ask what school are you currently attending? University of Minnesota?

  2. cogitas says:

    Hi Beagle! Welcome to the blog. Can I ask you why you’re asking (without sounding aggressive or paranoid)?

  3. Beagle says:

    Because I am also a Phd student (in Rhetoric and Tech. Comm) and we’re reading the same materials that you listed on your blog. 🙂

  4. cogitas says:

    Ahh. Yeah, I’m at the U of M.

    I get so paranoid when people comment; especially because when I tried to look up “Beagle” on wordpress, it brought me to a search engine by that name.

  5. Hey, imagine if you were the one leaving the comment for someone you only barely know, and don’t want to seem like a stalker! LOL

  6. Natalie says:

    Hey there!
    I just stumbled on your site as I was checking on Google if my site had appeared on it yet… Yep, my site is also called Cogitas, but it’s cogitas.net (and nope, it’s not on Google yet lol).

    Anyway, you mentionned that cogitas is faux-latin but AFAIK, cogitas is the singular second person (eg “you”) form of the latin verb “Cogitare”, which means to think, to pounder, so basically, cogitas means “you think”/”you pounder”. At least, this is what I remember from my latin lessons… t’was a long time ago so I might be misremembering now!

    Good luck with your PhD, I left Uni after my MA and my biggest regret is not to have done a PhD.

  7. cogitas says:

    I know Cogitas is legitimate latin. But I’m pretty sure Cogitate isn’t. I don’t know. My wife is the one who knows latin. I just like the sounds of it.

    Glad you found my blog.

  8. Natalie says:

    I don’t know about Cogitate but you wrote “Cogitas is a faux-latin word” which is what I was referring to…

    Cogitate does sound good though, I agree with you 🙂

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