4 thoughts on ““I Want a Third Pill” (HUM415, AMS179)

  1. apciv Post author

    This guy’s a jackass. No surprises, he’s getting paid by AEI. He’s also the author of the Bell Curve, a kind of neo- Race Science book which argues that intelligence is genetic. Guess which racial group gets to be the stupid one?

    I couldn’t be arsed to read the whole article but from what I did read he seems to want to track people into different levels of education. A nice, compliant working-class will get the “core” education and then learn how to do useful things like mow my lawn or dry clean my drapes. clearly someone in that socio-economic position doesn’t need to know too much about Leon Trotsky or the Treaty of Westphalia or Maimonides; the ability to identify these things is enough. In fact if a worker exceeds his/her requisite level of education s/he might begin to get ideas that the status quo isn’t such great shakes after all.

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  2. C.R. Diamond

    I wish there was more to see regarding Zizek’s thoughts on Cinema. I should probably watch the rest of Pervert’s guide to Cinema.
    Right now I find flaw in his idea that human beings do not naturally feel desire for things, but instead told what to desire via movies. Yes I believe that many people are inspired to want certain things after watching a movie, television show, or commercial, but to say that movies are the main source of inspiration? To me that is a bit off the right. For one thing, movies came into existence within the last century, and human beings have been wanting things since the beginning of time.

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    1. apciv Post author

      We’ll get into the idea of desire in a little while. Zizek’s using cinema as a kind of metaphor to talk about things like identity and ideology.

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