Pretentious unthinking crap. It’s a list of semantic paradoxes, cute little vagaries of language creating conflicting equations of set notation.
Each word has a domain, a set. “Cars” for example. These “problems” are meaningless eponymous crap ultimately. Clever little tricks with flags planted in them. They’re the equivalent of asking how much wood could a wood chuck chuck and then going all emperor’s new clothes with your reaction.
“Oh well you think it’s stupid because you ARE stupid *scoff scoff*”
This is the type of crap that makes real people run screaming from philosophy as a concept and why the only place for educated philosophers in our society is in making more educated philosophers.
And if there are real problems here I don’t give a fuck who first named them. I’m so TIRED of biographies being forced on me by a culture of ancestor worship.
Disgusting given the human cost. Clearly they don’t want the rank and file plebes to ask the big questions.
I really hate what the concept of education has become.
Let’s all just memorize a bunch of names of dead people in the hopes that we’ll bow and scrape with sufficient vigor that children might be shamed or beaten into one day memorizing our names. Rinse lather repeat.
“Science” these days is already a list of names and dates. We have a name and a date attached to every little teeny tiny discovery and I’m expected to memorize them all, indeed if I independently invent something and I didn’t spend 10 years making sure someone in the 1700bce didn’t write about it in Sanskrit I’m a Plagiarist.
You realize how absurd that is? Might as well patent numbers. The whole promise of Academia is that anything I invent is worthless if someone invented it first. That is bullshit.
The academic community is the RIAA of knowledge. They are WAY more concerned with who gets credit and how much tuition I paid than any human advance.
I hate how biography has become in effect the dominant area of study for all the formal sciences and lest we forget the biography we have asstons of eponymous terms throughout the sciences to remind us.
A real thinker and a real scientist understands that its not who you are that matters, but the knowledge.
And this list itself is doubly silly because it’s only here so that armchair philosophers, the kind of douchebag that thinks he’s a philosopher simply because he’s memorized a few names and amused a five figure student loan debt, can try and pretend like they have a shot in hell at “solving” one, like the Russian who refused the fields medal from his mom’s house.
And thus adding their name to the register of dead shit heads who’s names must be memorized and who’s footprints must be licked for the next round of people wanting to add their name.
It’s exactly like a pyramid scheme. “Pay us, and worship these worthless assholes long enough and with sufficient slavish devotion and maybe you can be added to that list of assholes we’ll make the next round worship and pay.”
It’s intellectual hazing. It’s academic boot camp. It’s not about learning. It’s about submission and classism. It’s elitist crap. Oh but of course the logic applied to me is because I refuse to consume this blatantly parasitic service I’m a moron.
That’s like saying I just think Scientology is crap because I haven’t paid for my e-meter. You’d think an industry that purports to sell knowledge (despite the fact that it should be free) could come up with something better than a circular argument.
Every mindless rehashing loser thinks “this could be my chance to prove to the lab coats who’s footprints I lick that I’m really worthy of the smug disdain I secretly (maybe not so secretly) feel for all the the plebes who don’t think I’m a genius because I can drop names just like my professor taught me. And he knows what he’s talking about too because I spent 1000$ an hour on his class and he told me I was smart.”
Gee, no conflict of interest there; Industry officials saying that the people who paid them the most cash and lip service get the highest kudos.
These people have infested philosophy. They have taken what is a basic human function and scoffed it away into the modern equivalent of the brandy and cigar room.
News flash: You don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to be a philosopher. Being a paying member of the cult of names is not the same as tackling the great unknowns. I mean come on, this list openly dismisses the meaning of life as a philosophical problem! Why? Because it’s not elitist and snobby enough, there’s no name attached to it, no one to worship, no trivia involved. It’s too accessible to those very same plebes.
“There’s no chance for me to stick my name to this and trick some poor college student into memorizing my name like I ever contributed anything to human happiness or survival. The meaning of life is way too much under individual control, I need something I can scoff at them with, not something that’ll improve the human condition.”
If you ask the system the most important thing about a book is its author. Well that doesn’t make any sense unless your goal is to stroke your own ego.
I would love to erase every name from science. The only place names matter is history and biography and the study of people themselves.
We memorize the names and forget the connections and it’s the connections and the knowledge that are important! Colleges are clubs with dues and fees and that’s it.
“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”
— Frank Zappa
And that’s just what Ray Bradbury and a whole host of other obviously brilliant self educated people. I mention ray just because he’s famous. I’m sure there are literally millions of others. They just didn’t buy into the scheme.
The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic – Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. ~Lewis Carroll
They say that we are better educated than our parents’ generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. It is not the same thing. ~Richard Yates