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goobster  ·  1162 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wired | Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

Thought-Daddy checking in.

Only difference between you and a thought-daddy is caring about something enough to research it. Once you become informed on a topic, then you are the daddy, and the newbie is the disgruntled one who wants their untenable idea to be considered equal to anyone who has actually bothered to educate themselves on the subject. (See Megan Fox's new archaeology show, where she proudly claims to have no education - or interest in educating herself - about a deep field of constantly evolving knowledge. Because what... she's pretty?)

And Michael Pollan is an excellent, positive, and upbeat Thought-Daddy. (The Omnivore's Dilemma.)

And yeah... I realize the irony of being a thought-daddy while dismantling your thought-daddy idea. It's one of the benefits of the gig. =>

Quatrarius  ·  1162 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i'm sorry, but you've misunderstood the concept slightly

i'm talking about the wave of public figures that, in general, speak outside their area of expertise and often have weird fan cults

it's not just "somebody who knows things", because that's just an expert