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Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault - On human nature

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    Whom Link
    This is a well known debate, I know, but after having seeing it mentioned for quite a while, I just decided to dive in and had a rewarding time. My experience with this kind of discussion and...

    This is a well known debate, I know, but after having seeing it mentioned for quite a while, I just decided to dive in and had a rewarding time. My experience with this kind of discussion and debate is from the outside, mostly through where they overlap with art criticism and my political interests, but this was much easier for me to follow and consider than I expected, while still being an interesting clash of ideas that, on some level, both felt agreeable to me as I started watching.

    Make sure to turn on captions, as English and French are both used without audible translation.

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    1. Whom (edited ) Link Parent
      Just gonna tack on a couple thoughts, nothing too substantial as I think the debate reached a pretty natural conclusion and...well little old me doesn't exactly have anything original to...

      Just gonna tack on a couple thoughts, nothing too substantial as I think the debate reached a pretty natural conclusion and...well little old me doesn't exactly have anything original to contribute:

      I found myself agreeing with Foucault more as the debate went on, but sort of through a loophole in human development as this video I just happened upon describes in better detail rather than only distrust in values born under a certain ideological framework which inherently stain those values. It rubs up against a few statements he makes, but for the most part those can be reconciled...though I don't think he would've agreed with that! It's a bit frustrating finding myself falling much more in line with Foucault than I would have a few years ago, given how much time I've spent rejecting him when professors put his ideas on my plate.

      This is actually more of interest to me in that it reminds me of how debates can be useful in disconnecting a little bit from the more advanced academic jargon and complex phrasing and making something truly accessible. I'm so used to debates simply being content sources for PWNED WITH FACTS AND LOGIC compilations that I had completely forgotten why they're so attractive even to people not directly in those areas of study.

      God knows having this stuff accessible to us normies is a good thing that we need more of.

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