Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Structure, Thought and Reality

In the beginning, there were Foundation Units. The students went along to these classes once a week and they sat in the very full, very large and very cold lecture theatres; there they were asked to think about thinking. This led to a lot of the students becoming very confused and frustrated. If the reason that man was a thinker and reasoner was to pursue truth for truths' sake and challenge authority, did this mean that the man down the front of the room did not want the students to take any notice of what he was asking of them?

The lectures went on. Like the emergence from the Dark Ages into the Enlightenment, the students expected to become clearer as more information became accessible. Yet, the class finished and once again the students scratched their heads.

Debate began. Among themselves, the students began to discuss what they thought it all meant. There was much contention and argument. The lecturer smiled to himself.

"I Think, Therefore, I Am" Descartes.

2 comments:

  1. "If the reason that man was a thinker and reasoner was to pursue truth for truths' sake and challenge authority, did this mean that the man down the front of the room did not want the students to take any notice of what he was asking of them?"
    Elimy, are you one of those difficult girls at uni?

    And the answer is no, the reason we challenge authority is for the pursuit of truth, not just randomly all the time.

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  2. Ten years ago Structure Thought and Reality caused me a lot of angst and confusion too. (I am sentimental that Murdoch still runs it.) Hope you find your way through.

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