hoi polloi

Robert K. Merton, in Science Technology and Society in XVII Century England makes the point that Reformation, since it helped promote the idea that one had to follow his judgement as regards faith and not official doctrine, at the same time… Read More ›

Human and Horses

Human are not horses, says MIT economist Kenneth Rogoff and King Ludd is still dead. But Keynes thought differently, advancing the hypothesis of technological unemployment and another Nobel caliber academic, Leontieff, wrote an insightful article advancing the hypothesis that it… Read More ›

Manchester vs Athens

Mathematics is the combination of two traditions, the deductive greek science whose Idealtypus was geometry, and the manipulative algebraic techniques that Middle Age inherited from Arab science. Freeman Dyson, in the Gifford lecture “Infinite in all Directions”(1985) talks about a… Read More ›

The problem of power

Upon reading Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion; Civilization and its discontents Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art Hans Richter, Dada Lunacharski, Narkompros the following problem springs to the mind. It revolves around the concept of evil, but… Read More ›