Re: >H Dilettantism (Was: Strengths and weakneses in transh)

Sunah Cherwin (
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 15:02:13 -0800

> I realise that when it comes to fields that are not covered
> by the academic curriculum, one has to relax one's standards
> somewhat. But this does not mean that we should tolerate
> ignorance or that we should lower our aims. To the contrary,
> we should work towards the degree of discipline and
> responsibility that characterise the top 20% of the academic
> community. We certainly have a long way to go, but if we do
> enough progress we can hope that the academic establishment
> will take over when we have carried it through half way.
well, you certainly have very rigorous criteria for people to meet before
it is even acceptable for them to have an opinion! research and so forth
are very important for making changes, but quicksilver ideas and
impressions are not an inconsiderable part of mimetic construction.
further, I continue to maintain that just being human and spontaneous is
valuable and interesting.