To: Katherine Re: the Senescence of Ideas

Robert Owen (
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 16:06:19 -0400 wrote:

> In my mind, this is just another instance of supposedly forward-
> looking persons perpuating moldy stereotypes. Time to move on.

If we let "moldy stereotypes" = "Idols", this sounds very much like "neo-Baconianism". Is this a new world-historic re-emergence of the fifteenth century revolution that, in effect, restored Classical Socratic methodology, the "creative" reductionism of Democritus and Epictetus, and the mathematical interpretation of information found in the works of Pythagoras and Plato, who you remember said: "God eternally geometrizes"? Maybe your theme of relinquishing obsolete notions ought to be put in the context of "Novum Organum" as a reminder for those of us who pretend to "The Scientific Worldview" but have absentmindedly forgotten its origins

The point being precisely what you suggest: that the uncritical adherence to ideas, not because they are wrong, but because they are obsolete and destructive of "The Advancement of Learning" displays a "hardening of the categories" symptomatic of nascent brain-death.


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA