10/16/2007 08:04:00 AM
mind and brain,
Jim,I find much to disagree with in your assessment of Pinker in this post.:-)
I used Steven Pinker's voice for Professor Lockheart when I read my niece the second Harry Potter book. Other than that he's pretty useless. There, does that satisfy you, Einzige?
olvlzl,In the sense that you and your funhouse mirror through a cloudy lens view of the world is endlessly entertaining--yes, I am quite satisfied.
Oops. I fucked up the verb in that sentence--and just after my English lesson from olvlzl, too.How embarassing!
Great! Now I remembered that I've been meaning to read her book on Spinoza.
your funhouse mirror through a cloudy lens view of the world is endlessly entertaining-Odd, I was under the impression you weren't having any fun. Maybe it's Pinker's hair that put you in the carnival mood. I don't think a charge of distortion or fuzzy thinking is exactly accurate. Though I am rather inclined to acknowledge the limits of human reasoning and knowledge. Perhaps its the insistence on real standards of skepticism instead of a pre-ordained program of attitudes and assumptions, not to mention platitudes, that causes the misunderstanding. You know, I have been accused of being too nit-picky on atheist-skeptic blogs in the past.
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