Splash Biography



KINCAID MACDONALD, A philosophical sophomore at Yale... for now...




Major: Math/Music/Philosophy

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

13.8 billion years ago, for reasons we can't even pretend to understand, an explosion of colossal proportion catapulted such energy into being that, 13.8 billion years later, a relatively sophisticated race of sentient creatures, created mostly through chance, began to inhabit those parts of the universe known to them. Kincaid's immediate ancestors inhabited the wilds of Montana, where they bore and raised their son in such a manner that he now has a great affinity for philosophy, mathematics, and a sonorous construction of wood people call a cello. He reflects rather frequently on just how funny our short stint of existence is, and is, it just so happens, doing so right now. So improbable! So brief! But so wonderful!



Past Classes

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A3928: The Meddlesome Fool's Guide to Juggling in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
Mental rigor! Bodily movement! Laughter! In Brief: Everything you need to become acquainted with the joys of juggling. Instruction. Balloons. A complementary set of juggling balls. In Philosophyspeak: Too often we pass the days doing, mindlessly, permutations of things we already know how to do. Walking. Talking. Reading. Interacting with our cellular devices. Does this sound familiar? If so, we invite you to break from this cycle by engaging with something completely unfamiliar: the world of juggling. It's a surprisingly meditative experience, sure to test the hardest mental faculties, and, more importantly, to give you the tools to introduce spontaneity and fun wherever you go.


S4046: Will Humanity Survive In 2050? in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 2019)
A third of the earth rendered inhabitable. Over a billion people displaced. Outright political chaos. And far worse in store. The climate crisis is already unfolding. You likely know this. But you probably don't know just how severe it will be, and just how soon the consequences will be felt. Barring drastic and immediate action, the earth is headed for warming levels that have been called "beyond catastrophic." We may reach these levels even within the next half century. In this class, we'll survey the range of impacts of the climate crisis, seeking to answer that fundamental question: Will humanity survive?


E3879: The Meddlesome Fool's Guide to Juggling in Sprout Fall 2019 (Sep. 28 - Oct. 12, 2019)
Mental rigor! Bodily movement! Laughter! In Brief: Everything you need to become acquainted with the joys of juggling. Instruction. Balloons. A complementary set of juggling balls. In Philosophyspeak: Too often we pass the days doing, mindlessly, permutations of things we already know how to do. Walking. Talking. Reading. Interacting with our cellular devices. Does this sound familiar? If so, we invite you to break from this cycle by engaging with something completely unfamiliar: the world of juggling. It's a surprisingly meditative experience, sure to test the hardest mental faculties, and, more importantly, to give you the tools to introduce spontaneity and fun wherever you go.


C3882: A General Theory of Happiness in Sprout Fall 2019 (Sep. 28 - Oct. 12, 2019)
JUST WHAT IS HAPPINESS? And how much hinges upon this question — the pursuits of billions, predicated upon imperfectly developed notions of "success," "joy" and "well-being" Everyone wants to be happy. But no one quite agrees what this means. And, somehow, this *most important* of questions, is relegated to life's back burners and is seldom formally discussed. "A General Theory of Happiness" will voyage into the intellectual landmarks of the previous millennia, circumnavigating the various components of this elusive emotion to dissect, analyze, and integrate. Philosophy, psychology, literature, and dialectic will be combined as we, as a class, move towards a deeper understanding of life's greatest measure of success.


A3680: The Meddlesome Fool's Guide to Juggling in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Mental rigor! Bodily movement! Laughter! In Brief: Everything you need to become acquainted with the joys of juggling. Instruction. Balloons. A complementary set of juggling balls. In Philosophyspeak: Too often we pass the days doing, mindlessly, permutations of things we already know how to do. Walking. Talking. Reading. Interacting with our cellular devices. Does this sound familiar? If so, we invite you to break from this cycle by engaging with something completely unfamiliar: the world of juggling. It's a surprisingly meditative experience, sure to test the hardest mental faculties, and, more importantly, to give you the tools to introduce spontaneity and fun wherever you go.


E3507: The Meddlesome Fool's Guide to Juggling in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
Mental rigor! Bodily movement! Laughter! In Brief: Everything you need to become acquainted with the joys of juggling. Instruction. Balloons. A complementary set of juggling balls. In Philosophyspeak: Too often we pass the days doing, mindlessly, permutations of things we already know how to do. Walking. Talking. Reading. Interacting with our cellular devices. Does this sound familiar? If so, we invite you to break from this cycle by engaging with something completely unfamiliar: the world of juggling. It's a surprisingly meditative experience, sure to test the hardest mental faculties, and, more importantly, to give you the tools to introduce spontaneity and fun wherever you go.