The Disadvantages of an Elite Education. Exhortation - Summer 2008 Print Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers.
Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Contents. Introduction Chapter 1.
Of the Division of Stock Chapter 2. Of Money considered as a particular branch of the general Society, or of the Expense of maintaining the National Capital Chapter 3. How to Build a Universe That Doesnt Fall Apart Two Days Later. First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland.
I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it — and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honour of being interviewed there by Paris TV. For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it. Rationality/Science, by Noam Chomsky. THIS DISCUSSION involves people with a large range of shared aspirations and commitments; in some cases at least, friends who have worked and struggled together for many years.
I hope, then, that I can be quite frank. And personal, since to be honest, I don't see much of independent substance to discuss. Politics and the English Language. Horizon, April 1946.
Recorded as completed in Orwell’s Payments Book on 11 December 1945. Samuel Johnson’s “Dictionary of the English Language” was published on 15 April 1755. Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. Professor Harold Laski (Essay in Freedom of Expression) Professor Lancelot Hogben (Interglossa) Essay on psychology in Politics (New York) Communist pamphlet.
The poverty of literary theory. The poverty of literary theory.
Sociology and law. Deconstruction and law. Deconstructive Practice and Legal Theory-- Part II Copyright 1998 Jack M.
Balkin. All Rights Reserved. Go to Part I Go to Part II Go to Part III Return to Writings Online C. Deconstructive reversals show that the reasons given for privileging one side of an opposition over the other often turn out to be reasons for privileging the other side. The most famous example of this "ungrounding" is Derrida's treatment of speech and writing in Of Grammatology.(33) Derrida finds in the texts of several writers, including Rousseau, Saussure, and Levi-Strauss, a consistent valuing of speech over writing as a form of communication.(34) Derrida argues that this preference is not accidental; it relates to the general "logocentric" bias of Western thought.(35) By "logocentric," Derrida means centered on the concept of logos, which he often equates with the idea of presence. Second, speech is connected more closely to the immediate thoughts of the communicator than is writing.
Noam Chomsky on Post-Modernism. This text has circulated quite a number of times on Usenet, and so far as I know is authentic. This version (less, of course, the HTML airs and graces) was posted by one email@example.com to rec.arts.books, 13 Nov 1995 03:21:23 -0500, message-id firstname.lastname@example.org. Jenm289 wrote: "The following was written several months ago by Noam Chomsky in a discussion about po-mo and its contribution to activism et al. The discussion took place on LBBS, Z-Magazine's Left On-Line Bulletin Board (contact email@example.com to join).
" The Relativity of Wrong by Isaac Asimov. By Isaac Asimov I received a letter from a reader the other day.
It was handwritten in crabbed penmanship so that it was very difficult to read. Nevertheless, I tried to make it out just in case it might prove to be important. In the first sentence, he told me he was majoring in English Literature, but felt he needed to teach me science. (I sighed a bit, for I knew very few English Lit majors who are equipped to teach me science, but I am very aware of the vast state of my ignorance and I am prepared to learn as much as I can from anyone, however low on the social scale, so I read on.)
It seemed that in one of my innumerable essays, here and elsewhere, I had expressed a certain gladness at living in a century in which we finally got the basis of the Universe straight. These are all twentieth-century discoveries, you see. The young man then quoted with approval what Socrates had said on learning that the Delphic oracle had proclaimed him the wisest man in Greece. No one knows nothing.