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tacocat  ·  804 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wired | Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

    there are no optimist thought daddies

I counter with Stephen Pinker


nil  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pinker might be optimistic, but in a pretty naive way. His method is ignoring the problems. He's very much an advocate of business-as-usual. There really isn't a lot of wiggle room in his philosophy as he (the thought daddy) has already figured out exactly how the "mind" works and therefore his political prescriptions MUST be correct. Christ.

tacocat  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was just pointing out that he exists. He seems like the USA Today of armchair academic philosophers who philosophise outside their area of expertise

Odder  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dude did you see how he wrote a book on the Enlightenment despite having a presumably high school AP History level of knowledge on the subject? It went over poorly.

nil  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I thought so too, until Bill Gates declared it his favourite book of all time. Clearly you can be a billionaire yet remain very ignorant of certain things.

Odder  ·  802 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean yeah, I wouldn't trust Bill Gates on history either. He could potentially not remember who the main combatants were in World War 1 and still be good at all the things he is.

tacocat  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No and based on your statement I was assuming it was a history. I'm disappointed it's not a history of hundreds of years of European history based on a class he took in the sixties. I was expecting this

But serious and starring Immanuel Kant, the Founding Fathers and Isaac Newton

Odder  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nope! Pinker is just that rare idiot who actually managed to fall for all the propaganda they fed us in school while still somehow being aware and intelligent enough to remember or care about it.

Quatrarius  ·  803 days ago  ·  link  ·  

that's a good one