Daily Archives: May 27, 2010

Specialization & The Perils of Child Prodigies

Arnold Toynbee, Marshall McLuhan, Kevin Bassana and Peter Drucker  have written extensively on the origin of specialization as it applies to both education, music, labor, history and warfare.  But Ruth Slenczynska has addressed the lives of child prodigies in her … Continue reading

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Modern vs. Post Modern: Helpful Hints

The extravagant display of hubris by literary studies throughout the West since the mid 1970’s is waning.  Michel Foucault, Jacque Derrida and the host of other manic modernists have left a canon of criticism whose edge is blunted by the … Continue reading

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David Hume: Liberty

“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.  Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky

“Beauty is the battlefield where God and the Devil war for the soul of man.”

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Orwell & John Stewart Mill: Limitations Of Pacifism

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and spiritual feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is … Continue reading

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