>Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 12:47:22 -0400
>From: Robin Hanson <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Understanding Academia
>>... I have always refused to submit any of my MVT (Median Vision Theory)
>>material to any academic journals ..... mainly because they don't pay
>>much but expect all the reproduction rights. Since I am not a "career
>>academic" publishing in these journals and playing the silly game you
>>detail, always seemed pointless to me. I prefer to retain my own
>>...In my case, MVT offers a solution to the hard/ mind problem in
>>which reduces all the second-order theorising and "made-up names" that
>>comprises the "Analytic" school of philosophy. Academics want to
>>problems, not solve them ... it simply isn't in their interest to shorten
>>their "philosopher's debate."
>It seems to me that you *are* playing in the academic game, even if you
>don't realize it.
But the point is whose rules .... I am outside the academic journal loop, so
might be said to playing *against* the academic game rather than in it. I
aim for a big inter-theoretic reduction that will shake-up many academics.
Academia has succeeded across many centuries as remaining
>the most authoritative source people turn to when asking abstract
Along with the various Churches &c, yes, it has been the "establishment" in
the human-era past, but with the post-human age will not necessarily
continue to have authority. It must earn this authority constantly by being
... if academics are wrong surely they forfeit authority?
>You can see this by seeing who reporters ask, or policy makers ask, when
>want to ask a question about an area they don't know very well.
Which makes a different point that maybe the *reporters* are the
idea-formers ... I am certainly going the TV route with my new MVT
documentary ... although I do include interviews with prominent academics in
>can see by who people give money to in order to help abstract questions get
They can get it for free off the internet maybe ....
Although we might think we see lots of inefficiencies in
>how it works, we must acknowledge that it has so far beat most competitors
>hands down in the niche it competes for.
What competitors are you talking about here? Academia only seems to compete
>If you are trying to convince the world you have a better approach to the
>mind body question, you are most certainly competing most directly with
>academics. You may be choosing a different strategy from they, but you
>are playing the same game: convincing people you are an authority on an
I prefer to develop (and use) applications developed from MVT to change
people's minds by pointing to the benefits that could accrue to them from
using MVT-based applications ..... authority (as I have learnt from my
hypnotherapy theory and practise) comes from *congruence* not by virtue any
formal academic position.
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