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I read Kuhn in '64, I believe, and Korzybski around '70 and both remain very relevant.  Unfortunately, an understanding of these concepts remains confined to the same elite which for 200 years has been the carrier of Enlightenment values and the exponent of the Enlightenment project of universalizing those values.  That process seems to have hit a wall and seems to be in retreat.

Lakoff was correct about elites needing to update their understanding of how our minds work and how the general population views things.  My own view is that the goal is not to abandon the values but to become more effective exponents of sustainable democratic value creation. This is hard to keep in mind when the crown is baying for action according to "that old time religion", but is non-the-less imperative.

It is far preferable to accept, while heritage values can be vulnerable to criticism on grounds of cultural relativism and cultural domination, that it is still possible to create universal values, even though the process may be an ongoing one.  The alternative is to accept a long "war of cultures" which the Chinese may well win through sheer weight.  Does weight = rationality?  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 29th, 2009 at 12:34:06 PM EST
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