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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Parkinson eat your heart out

Tom King's blog may now be defunct (*insert baffled sob*) but his question-asking ability isn't. Here goes.

1: Who would you consider to be the single most culturally influential human being of all time, excluding religious figures?

The first person to spring to mind is Marx, simply because so many strands of thought have developed from his original philosophy and because so many people have a general concept of a Marxist way of thinking. But then I would have to settle on Hegel (for want of a more rounded knowledge of historical figures, probably) because Marx gleaned so much of his metanarrative from Hegel's. Hegel also opened the door to a huge tide-change in the way (Western) humanity thinks, as he introduced the idea of synthesis, thus breaking down the previous assumption that if (a) is right then (b) must be wrong. This led to all the post-modern and relativist strains of thought we see now. So I would probably say Hegel. Although obviously Plato, Socrates, Aristotle et al were hugely influential. If we're going on timescale, Aristotle probably wins as his teaching was so instilled in so many cultures for hundreds of years (until Galileo, really).


2: If you could change one thing about your academic experience at any point, what would it be?

I would have learnt earlier on to give my teachers the respect they deserve. I think that too many times I've embarrassed myself and my parents, not to mention been completely hypocritical in how I've behaved in relation to them. I would like to have shown them my appreciation for their effort more genuinely.


3: Which word would you add to the English language if you could? (shamelessly stolen from Miss Mellifluous's question for Paul)

It's gotta be crimous. Sao Paulo is pretty crimous.


4: What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you recently?

Hmm.... surprisingly enough I can't think of much. In fact I don't think I've embarrassed myself at all recently. So I'll just pick an embarrassing thing. I once walked in on an American missionary doing a poo at our friends' house. But it was probably more embarrassing for him. Locks are there for a reason, people!!!


5: What do you consider your greatest achievement, in human terms?

Ooh Tom, look at you turning into quite the little Reformed theologian! Gotta use the phrase 'in human terms' at least twice a minute to be kosher. Anyway... tough one. I think maybe just getting through this year without going mad, and without my marks slipping loads, and getting Redbrick out every week, improving our meeting of deadlines and rebranding it. But then again all that was only possible through God, because without him I would have gone mad. So maybe just learning to cook a pretty good curry.

5 Comments:

  • But surely Hegel wouldn't have happened without Kant...?

    By Blogger Jon, at 7:29 pm  

  • The curry is good!

    Aristotle has to win on influence... though in modern times, surely Nietzsche is competing? His insanity seems to permeate so much of contemporary thought, even if his modernistic optimism of future progress has been more-or-less rejected with disillusionment and war... But maybe Nietzsche counts as a religious figure ;-)

    By Blogger étrangère, at 1:26 am  

  • Jon - true... but there's only so far back you can go. And Hegel was more reacting to Kant than following his train of thought... maybe?

    Étrangere - I put Hegel because his ideas of synthesis 'opened the door' to Nietzsche's writing on individual 'morality', and his subsequent opening of the door to relativism! (Shamelessly regurgitating Schaeffer now!)

    By Blogger Bec, at 10:44 am  

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    By Anonymous James Damon and most people, at 5:38 pm  

  • Dear God, this is truly painful. Spare yourselves some future embarrassment and try to re-read your post/comments from the perspective of your ten years older self. None of you will survive being THIS pretentious.

    By Anonymous Everyone else, at 5:44 pm  

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