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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

David Brooks' most inane column ever?

While "reviewing" Al Gore's book, The Assault on Reason, David Brooks exhibits contempt for any kind of rational thinking. He also treats Gore like he's a space alien, hence the column title, The Vulcan Utopia.
  • [Regarding Gore] "it is still possible for exceedingly strange individuals to rise to the top"
  • "Gore writes in his best graduate school manner"
  • "Gore seems to have come up with a theory that the upper, logical mind sits on top of, and should master, the primitive and more emotional mind below."
  • "Without emotions like fear, the "logical" mind can't reach conclusions."


2 comments

Heh heh... smart people are stupid.

By Anonymous Lee Presson, at 5/29/2007 3:50 PM  

Well,
(1) I thought Hume said that the emotions are the master of reason, not vice versa;
(2) Reason can't do anything without making certain assumptions, and those assumptions have to come from somewhere.

That said, I imagine Brooks is full of beans as usual.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2007 12:46 AM  

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