Crusader wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:42 pm
Ah! Here we go. This is one of the things that bothers me with Peterson as well. He says something complicated, and people tend to conclude that it therefore must be profound and that THEY are the ones who are stupid, instead of the thing being gibberish/nonsensical. I think his Maps of Meaning book is like that (although I haven't read it).
If you can't simplify it and explain it to different audiences (ranging from kids to experts, i.e. in simplest to most complicated terms), you are a fraud in my book.
EDIT: to be clear, I don't deny that Peterson and Zizek are useful for other people, I am just talking about my personal preferences.
2 notes on that
one is that things can actually be complicated without having to imply that a person is stupid. no need to take things personally. some things just go against our intuition and must be studied and described in specialized languages. that’s just how technical knowledge works- it takes training.
two is that zizek for me is the actual translator. without having to make a whole explanation of laca, he can allude to or bring out things that make sense to me with some funny jokes. but that’s to me, with my background & somewhat technical knowledge of some things. which might enable me to get the joke.
three, or extra bonus (for note one: one and a half?), is that certain things can’t be grasped directly and require allusion, paradox, poetry, etc. reality does not always correspond to language, even technical language. a popular example of that is zen koans which are supposed to lock you out of discursive thought and allow you to grasp reality at another level.
anyway, zizek is funny and contradicts himself but that allows my brain to go “ah ha ha ha haaaa so that’s how that works.”
i watched that and actually things got simpler post-college when they started delving into ethics and science fiction which could have been done at high school level. btw nobody consents to be born in the first place so consent is a moot point. and “store information in dna” without saying how is also hs graspable.
otoh if they had gotten into the actual technical biochemistry of the reactions i’d have been lost *swiftly*
ertyu wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:53 pm
I support you. Guy seems like he's got the good coke, too
sniffle sniff rub nose talk talk talk
cocaine gives you a dry mouth. he could use some!