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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 09:24:17 -0600
Archived: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 15:04:05 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List


>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 18:12:57 -0000
>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:42:11 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

<snip>

>>Sorry, Ray, but you just made my point.

>>When a decent awareness of established knowledge in established
>>disciplines, plus an intelligent respect for logical thinking,
>>is equated with "accepting a guru," then the problems I outlined
>>are demonstrated for all to see.

>Hate to appear to quibble*, and that seems OK at face value but
>on examination it's either over-restrictive or virtually
>meaningless:

>i) 'a decent awareness' is open to interpretation (and claims);

>ii) 'established knowledge' demands blind acceptance of the
>text-books - all obsolete, many before being printed;

<snip>

And so on...

What you're expressing, of course, is classic anti-
intellectualism. I believe I am safe in presuming you have not
heard, or probably ever heard of, the late Richard Hofstadter's
revelatory essay on the subject.

I don't know why I should be shocked that some in our field
would actually defend the proposition that knowledge makes one
rigid, textbooks are a waste of paper, and scientists,
historians, and scholars in general are just a punch of pointy-
heads whose sole purpose is to foil progress.


Jerry Clark



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