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View Diary: Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) (340 comments)

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  •  it's really about inquiry, not intellectualism (4+ / 0-)
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    Agent99, wishingwell, NonnyO, sb

    The problem with American thought is that we basically make shit up and ignore inconvenient facts, and then spend much intellectual time coming up with nice theories based upon crap. Garbage in, garbage out, no matter how smart the processor is.

    To that end, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, IMHO, is the most important intellectual out there, because she is the one most devoted to getting the facts out there.

    •  "Getting the facts out there" (1+ / 0-)
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      is an important and honorable act, but it is not the same thing as creating a large body of written work that pushes our understanding of something a significant distance.

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