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Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber - 00.06
"In the fall of 1958 Theodore Kaczynski, a brilliant but vulnerable boy of sixteen, entered Harvard College. There he encountered a prevailing intellectual atmosphere of anti-technological despair. There, also, he was deceived into subjecting himself to a series of purposely brutalizing psychological experiments -- experiments that may have confirmed his still-forming belief in the evil of science. Was the Unabomber born at Harvard? A look inside the files"
theodorekaczynski  academia  2000  psychology  harvard  technology  terrorism  history  education  relativism  unabomber  violence 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Jonah Lehrer and The Fourth Culture « Snarkmarket
Lehrer: "[4th cul­ture] seeks to dis­cover rela­tion­ships btwn human­i­ties & sci­ences…will ignore arbi­trary intel­lec­tual bound­aries, seek­ing instead to blur lines that sep­a­rate…freely trans­plant knowl­edge btwn sci­ences & human­i­ties, & focus on con­nect­ing reduc­tion­ist fact to our actual expe­ri­ence…take prag­matic view of truth &…judge truth not by its ori­gins but by its use­ful­ness…While sci­ence will always be our pri­mary method of inves­ti­gat­ing the uni­verse, it is naïve to think that sci­ence alone can solve every­thing itself, or that every­thing can even be solved…When we ven­ture beyond edge of our knowl­edge, all we have is art…No knowl­edge has a monop­oly on knowledge."
knowledge  timcarmody  snarkmarket  media  interdisciplinary  humanities  science  art  crossdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  jonahleherer  stevenpinker  proustwasaneuroscientist  books  jeffreyjcohen  truth  learning  relativism  absolutism  brain  language  languages  culture  history  society  messiness  fourthculture  jonahlehrer 
august 2010 by robertogreco

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