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A couple of quotes from William Connolly's Neuropolitics

by Sandwichman Sun Apr 23rd, 2006 at 11:40:05 PM EST

"[I]ntellectualism is constitutively insufficient to ethics, and no final moral source to date has ever been vindicated so consummately that all reasonable people feel themselves commanded by intellect or revelation to accept it.[italics in original]"

"Fundamentalism is the shape the desire for a slow, centred world takes when its temporal conditions of possibility are absent."

Disclaimer: Quotation doesn't necessarily imply either agreement or disagreement.

reason is often only retrospectively wise.

it is instinct, as well than intellect, that helps guide us to a better way of living.

who can argue against love?

as for fundamentalism, i think it's true that fear of change causes people to retreat into fossilised attitudes, wishfully thinking they can go backwards to some (usually mythic) golden age of the past.

however there is also a positive side to this, because unbridled infatuation with novelty for novelty's sake can lead to greater chaos.

as always, balance is paramount.

brains like arguments, hearts love emotion, the master blends both into a harmonious whole, not dwelling too long on either, rather accenting their complementarity.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 09:43:19 AM EST

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