Not a fan of Chomsky.

September 11, 2017 09:15PM
He's like a caricature of the problem with academia. Very articulate and well-spoken. Can make an argument sound good. However, he lacks any sort of real life experience. Academics who are like Chomsky are an issue because their arguments sound credible and intelligent, and they sell a position well, even if it's a totally stupid position.

Chomsky is relatively moderate compared to some of the more recent academics in the next generation, but the same general principle (being a salesman rather than a practitioner with real world experience) is responsible for the more stupid trends coming out of modern universities- it's the reason why Marxist philosophies have any shred of credibility at all.

In Chomsky's case his knowledge is vast, but it is superficial in the areas of philosophical thought which have led to human advancement. Namely, the sciences and quantitative disciplines. He is a shallow philosopher with a wide breadth of knowledge but no substance to back it up. The same is true of most Marxist philosophers, which is not a shock as Marxism itself is a shallow philosophy and functions like a regressive anti-science cult rather than a bastion of critical thought. As Antifa (and their allies) have demonstrated, this is especially true when taken to extremes.

Sometimes a little knowledge is more dangerous than no knowledge. At least with the latter, intelligent people are prone to understand their limitations.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 09/11/2017 09:26PM by istirith.
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Noam Chomsky

Kstatida September 08, 2017 12:06PM

Read Manufacturing Consent and Failed States. (n/t)

The Faithful of Nazmorghul October 19, 2017 04:32PM

Thanks, added to the list. (n/t)

Kstatida October 19, 2017 10:34PM

Not a fan of Chomsky.

istirith September 11, 2017 09:15PM

Re: Not a fan of Chomsky

DuneTree September 12, 2017 07:50AM

Re: Not a fan of Chomsky

istirith September 12, 2017 08:37AM

Chomsky could very much be considered a computer scientist.

Stevers September 12, 2017 07:53PM

LEX and YACC. Oooh good days. (n/t)

Jib September 13, 2017 11:15AM

Most of the humanities and social sciences are like that

starbright September 11, 2017 11:39PM

Absolutely agree.

istirith September 12, 2017 08:39AM

My previous company (economic consulting) had both maths and econ people

starbright September 12, 2017 10:10AM

In Russia, public opinion doesn't consider PhD in economics to be real PhDs :) (n/t)

Kstatida September 12, 2017 11:02AM

Yeah but in Russia you also turn down the Fields Medal on principle too. nt

istirith September 12, 2017 11:10AM

Quoting Perelman (my translation)

Kstatida September 12, 2017 12:11PM

Much of this matches my impression

Kstatida September 11, 2017 10:41PM

Influential on the Left. Though less so this generation than last.

Rhyaldrin September 08, 2017 12:42PM

Yes. It would be wise for any left-winger to disown Antifa entirely (n/t)

starbright September 09, 2017 03:00AM

I agree completely.

Dalbrin October 20, 2017 12:01AM

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