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Dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky at 90
DW ^ | 12/7/2018

Posted on 12/07/2018 8:27:25 AM PST by Borges

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To: Borges

Dang, I thought it was an obituary too.


61 posted on 12/07/2018 11:32:28 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: lurked_for_a_decade

Gettin great mileage out of an old saw! See, Saw, Saw, See ... irony, Etcetera.


62 posted on 12/07/2018 11:50:45 AM PST by lurked_for_a_decade (Imagination is more important than knowledge! ( e_uid == 0 ) != ( e_uid = 0 ). I Read kernel code.)
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To: Borges

He is just another over-educated non-producer.

Yeah, he’s smart (though foolish), and has a big vocabulary. So what?

I scored 99%ile in English. A lot of big words to promulgate communistic propaganda does not favorably impress me.


63 posted on 12/07/2018 11:54:21 AM PST by YogicCowboy ("I am not entirely on anyone's side, because no one is entirely on mine." - J. R. R. Tolkien)
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To: YogicCowboy

Well linguistics is what he’ll be remembered for. His politics will be a sad footnote.


64 posted on 12/07/2018 11:58:05 AM PST by Borges
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To: Gay State Conservative

When he is gone he will be quickly forgotten IMO.

Unlike his fellow parasitic intellectual Howard Zinn, who inflicted enormous damage upon this country by infesting the history curriculum of every school with his rampant Marxist anti-Americanism.


65 posted on 12/07/2018 12:09:59 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Borges
Well, d***. I can still dream, can't I?

66 posted on 12/07/2018 12:13:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: Borges

This horrible waste of biomatter is now gone to his deserved reward. But is it a safe space? I think not.


67 posted on 12/07/2018 12:18:54 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("The word 'racist' is used to describe 'every Republican that's winning'" --Donald Trump)
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To: MeganC
Dang. I got excited for a moment thinking this might be an obituary for that old scumbag.

I, too, was fooled. Heck.

68 posted on 12/07/2018 12:19:53 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("The word 'racist' is used to describe 'every Republican that's winning'" --Donald Trump)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Syntactic Struvctures is one of the most influential books of all time. Howard Zinn will be forgotten.


69 posted on 12/07/2018 12:35:09 PM PST by Borges
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To: Redleg Duke
So sorry you misinterpreted. My statement was directed at the article...not you. Apologies. PS my "meds" - Wild Turkey 101 - are fine, thank you!😎
70 posted on 12/07/2018 12:44:34 PM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Borges

Syntactic Struvctures has a limited release.
Zinn’s work has wormed its way into literally every textbook on this continent.


71 posted on 12/07/2018 1:00:26 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Indirectly though it’s hugely influential. It’s like Cybernetics. Few people actually read it but it’s omnipresent.


72 posted on 12/07/2018 1:02:47 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Linguistics is the one thing he actually knows something about. His theories have been a large influence on computer science as well.

The essence of the problem with his work is the nominalism of "deep structure". His hypothesis is essentially the homunculus hypothesis, the little man inside the man who understands deep structure. He has sort of dropped that hypothesis but still refuses to acknowledge that grammar is part of learning and understanding language, not some innate capacity for grammar.

I studied the Chomsky theory taught by a Chomskyite (also a leftist) in graduate studies and tried to make it work. It didn't.

73 posted on 12/07/2018 2:49:55 PM PST by palmer (...if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive)
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To: Yaelle

A friend of mine only knew Chomsky as a linguist and was really surprised when I told him Noam was some sort of communist. Apparently old Noam actually contributed something valuable as a linguist.


74 posted on 12/07/2018 5:08:29 PM PST by Pelham (Secure Voter ID. Mexico has it, because unlike us they take voting seriously)
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To: Borges

Only the good die young?


75 posted on 12/07/2018 9:54:09 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: YogicCowboy

Non-producer is right-most of his books are written by his grad students!


76 posted on 12/07/2018 10:03:18 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Pelham

It is true. I had to study him in linguistics too, and I had no idea about his politics back then either.


77 posted on 12/07/2018 11:46:34 PM PST by Yaelle
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