Saturday, May 17, 2008

Nuancitation

Most often it requires special skills to decipher the the nuances of meaning in statements made by the erudite. Fortunately for the millions of readers of this blog I have such skills.

I have started reading The Devil's Delusion by David Berlinski. In chapter 3, Berlinski says of another academic,
He is a member in good standing of the worldwide fraternity of academics who are professionally occupied in sniffing the underwear of their colleagues for signs of ideological deviance.
It may be surprising to some that Berlinski is subtly criticizing the other professor.

Thankfully, most of the rest of David Berlinski's critiques are not quite as nuanced.

2 comments:

tee bee said...

I am so not going to say something about the man's grasp of allegory.

Nope, I'm not.

Steve Burri said...

I'm not sure it is really an allegory.

I'm working on my second reading of the book and may write a post entirely of his humor.

In 'Expelled' he sounded like a brainy arrogant ass (with whom I agreed with nearly 100%). But at least I'm not brainy. He is hilarious beyond measure among his analyses of mathematical and physics theories and the conclusions drawn from them.