Started by SueC, March 24, 2020, 11:48:24
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Quote from: SueC on April 10, 2020, 00:33:38This is how we stay sane.
Quote from: SueC on April 05, 2020, 03:04:59A rumination here: I imagine Freud would have had similar thoughts on that topic...The problem with all the silos of academia etc is that sometimes people don't see outside of their own particular silo, into other silos or even the world outside those silos. In fact, I think this is a massive problem - that human thought, especially academic thought, has become too split and specialised and there's so little integration into a whole, people are just beavering away so separately in their own little towers, not enough bringing it together and making it more than the sum of the parts. It's like a whole bunch of moles in their separate tunnels in the darkness, while the world is blowing up.So Sartre (and you can substitute various other philosophers here, same argument) is credited within a particular silo for having original thoughts that in all probability had independently occurred to a number of people not in that silo, before and after his time. I think it would be wise to assume that in most cases of thought, nobody has a monopoly on a particular thought. That's even true with calculus - Newton or Leibniz? Well, both, and perhaps a few other maths geeks at some stage as well. Not everyone who has a particular set of thoughts gets official credit for it.Brett was telling me this morning about one of his favourite authors, Terry Pratchett. He listened to one of his speeches once, where he said he had a great idea for a story, and rang up a friend and explained the story idea to him, and his friend said, "Yes, it is a great story! That's why Fred Brown wrote in it 1952."