[FoRK] So you think you can think? (So you think you can do?)
geege4 at gmail.com
Sun May 8 06:00:19 PDT 2016
*build a wall*
On May 8, 2016 5:03 AM, "Stephen D. Williams" <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Good points. Think, think about thinking, do, and think about doing.
> Indeed, capitalism itself derives from the revolutionary work of Scottish
> philosopher Adam Smith, who hypothesized in /The Wealth of Nations/ <
> http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWN.html> how the pursuit of
> self-interest through specialization, markets, and free trade would
> facilitate both individual liberty and aggregate public good.
> Whether you are building a single skyscraper or an entire society, the
> metaphysics matter as much as the physics. And in this particular moment,
> when newly emergent technologies are creating opportunities for both utopia
> and dystopia, we need more philosophers, not fewer.
> We should be paying more attention to those, like Wright, whose long view
> of history and insightful understanding of human aspiration helps
> contextualize and clarify the opportunities and challenges we face today.
> From the comments:
> Jonathan Sweeney
> Account Manager Sales Assistant at CDW
> "Brings to mind a quote From Robert Heinlein: "A human being should be
> able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship,
> design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a
> bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone,
> solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
> cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for
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