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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Eternal Wisdom

And here is a fresh example of how great of an idea it is to let vox populi supersede that of experts.

In Solzhenitsyn’s First Circle, there is an autobiographical character who is a very bright, well-read young man and who always wanted to meet the common folks he idolized and imbibe from the fount of their eternal wisdom. Then he was jailed and sent to a concentration camp where he finally met common folks. To his great surprise, he discovered that said folks possessed no eternal wisdom and laughed at him when he asked them to reveal it to him.  

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