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I don't see how it's possible to avoid thinking and working in terms of narratives, frames, social constructs, and relative views
And I agree, but if we start fighting lies with lies to convince people that it's all lies, we've lost. That way lies madness...

I have called this the death of Enlightenment by its own success. The modern understanding of communication, propaganda, advertising, narratives, and the frame of cultural anthropology and cognitive linguistics is all the result of over 200 years of application of the scientific method to psychology and sociology. The triumph of the Enlightment methods leads to the discovery that 1) the Enlightenment itself is but one narrative among many with no special claim to relevance to human life; 2) it is possible to lie and distort your way to social and economic power; 3) the only way to fight the liars is to lie.

How can one not despair at this state of affairs? It makes me want to become a hermit.

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 6th, 2009 at 05:28:05 AM EST
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