Tag Archives: postmodernism

The age of the image and the number

Interesting post by Lance Strate on Jacques Ellul, Propaganda, and the Technological Society. Strate begins with Ellul’s argument that literacy and education make people more vulnerable to propaganda, rather than less: [L]iterate, well-educated people tend to think they’re immune to … Continue reading

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Moving beyond personality and language

In a post last month, I looked Douglas Hofstadter’s account of Zen Buddhism, in particular Zen’s mistrust of language as a vehicle for truth. As Hofstadter argued, words break the underlying unity of reality by dividing the world into categories; … Continue reading

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Breaking the mind of logic: Zen vs language

I’m currently working my way through Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach, and have just been reading the chapter on Zen, chapter IX (“Mumon and Gödel”). In the preface to the 20th anniversary edition of GEB, Hofstadter expresses some exasperation at … Continue reading

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