Monday 31 October 2011

Phew. Finished "How the World Works"

Sort of mirrors my rants after a bottle of Wild Turkey and watching an Adam Curtis documentary.
Except for one minor point.
I don't have any solutions to corporate greed.
At least Noam Chomsky presents some solutions and examples of working solutions.
I know. I know. He's a sophi...
No. I just can't say that with a straight face.
He's not really a Sophist.
Not by todays definition.
But he *is* by the ancient greek definition.
To quote wikipedia:

"In ancient Greece, sophists were a category of teachers who specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric for the purpose of teaching aretĂȘ — excellence, or virtue — predominantly to young statesmen and nobility"

Yeah. That seems to fit better.
Not that I'm saying I'm young, stately or noble.
I'm exactly none of those things.
But he knows his subject and can navigate through a response to a question in a way that teaches.
Not in a specious way.
Not in a deceptive way.
If you have eyes to see...
Then you can see the Rhetoric and see past it to the underlying truisms.

Anyway, I'm about to start Sam Harris's "The Moral Landscape."
Let's see how that goes.

I will get back to Christopher Hitchens... :-)

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