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Professor-rat (buttdarling) wrote,
@ 2012-03-30 06:50:00
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    NOAMic utterances
    ITS impossible for any anarch to ignore uncle Chomsky - our crazy uncle in the attic. Assuming a universal grammer of empiricism and respect for scientific achievement, I take issue with a couple of recent statements from our resident fissured ceramic.
    1) Although it may be difficult sometimes, 140 chars is enough to fit most anything worth observing about political-economy and indeed, anything else too for that matter. ' Brevity is the soul of wit' and infocompression ( textese) is the language of today.
    The idea that great works had to be sold by the pound is one of the least attractive features of the 19th century, that century where most of our socio-economic ideas came from. In fact obfuscation by obscurantism is often best served by lengthy tomes such as the excrable ' Capital'.
    2) Noams comments on physics demonstrate such an appalling ignorance about the subject they bring into question his very sanity. I would expect better from the average person on the street in most cities of the world than this. While the genius invariably includes some drawbacks somewhere else, sometimes the drawbacks make it impossible to appreciate the genius.
    In this regard Noam runs a risk of becoming to linguistics what Marx was to economics and Freud was to psychology.


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