Monday, May 30, 2005

On Bullshit: "Turning its back on half a century of European history..." ??

and here (scroll down to the byline): Lawrence M. Wein is a professor of management science[?] at Stanford Business School
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For Theodor Adorno, this negative utopia is known as art. For others, the only true image of the future is the failure of the present. Or, for that matter, the failure of the past. As Walter Benjamin reminded us, it is memories of enslaved ancestors, not dreams of liberated grandchildren, that drive men and women to revolt. To avoid some cheap leftist triumphalism, we must move backward into the future with our eyes fixed mournfully on that great heap of wreckage that is the past. Otherwise we are merely callow modernizers or cavalier avant-gardists, who in seeking to eradicate the past will discover that it returns with a vengeance to plague us.
Terry Eagleton in The Nation

Callow adjective (esp. of a young person) inexperienced and immature : earnest and callow undergraduates.
In science of course all adjectives are suspect.

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