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ddw BS: New Thinking!! YOU can join--maybe (33) RE: BS: New Thinking!! YOU can join--maybe 02 May 04

Wonder if these guys ever heard of Noam Chomsky and the general semanticists....

It's tautological to say 90 per cent of errors in thinking come from perception, not logic. Especially if you're restricted to Aristotelean — i.e., linear — logic. Computer nerds wrapped up that argument pretty neatly with the phrase "garbage in, garbage out." That's why the contract theorists all disagreed. The started from different points — Hobbs saw man as basically evil, Locke saw him as basically good and Rousseau said he was neither.
Marx, as far as he's considered a contract theorist, also thought man was basically good and noble. I have no idea who he was watching to arrive at that.....

Anyway, if somebody wants to initiate "new" thinking, they have to chuck out linear logic and look for something else. Chomsky said the person is most successful who best manipulates man's symbols. Never mind substance — it's symbols that count. And he and the general semanticists say logic must be pursued in concentric circles of understanding, not just from Point A to Point B in a logical line. According to them, a person should perceive things in his immediate time/area and all the interconnections between them before expanding the time/area and taking in new things and new connections.

Interesting stuff.

And BTW — I'm not completely convinced this is a hoax or a scam, but I have some pretty serious doubts about the way it's structured. It'll be interesting to watch.



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