> Damien Broderick
> I dunno if it always will be, but a truly horrid example of inane and maybe
> insane cargo-cultism was French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's attempted use
> of topology and set theory in understanding the mind, likewise Michel
These guys were simply wackos. Their so-called [attempts] at applying mathematics to psychology were nothing but coldly, blatantly nonsensical struggles to get attention, sound profound, and assert some authority for the humanities in the face of real science.
>From [The Architecture of Babel]:
> Of course, it is not only literary critics who misplace Ockham's razor on
> occasion. Discourse within the sciences, especially those which abut
> ideological interests and prejudices most directly, requires the same
Some literary critics seem to not have Ockham's Razor at all. Or if they did have it they threw it away when they started listening to desperate postmodernist hucksters.
Damien, I realize that you know that this is, as you said, truly horrid. I just find it hard to pass up the opportunity to disparage---or join in disparagement in progress of---the arrogant, sensationalistic, irrational, inane, et cetera industry of which what you have cited is a part.
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