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Blind resentment of things as they were was thereby given principle, reason, and eschatological force, and directed to definite political goals

Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology (1962)

Imagine a time before writing, when you would learn things from your hands and your elders. Spoken words were helpful, but the root and branch of education was one’s experience with things, not abstractions. Timothy Ferris fashioned exactly this idyllic world in Wired Magazine this week and enlisted the vanguard of scientists and engineers to invoke the old path of learning and bring us back to interrogating nature directly.

What, then, drove society off course? Read the rest of this entry »

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