[ExI] intolerant minds, a different flavor
thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu May 7 23:40:42 UTC 2009
At 04:11 PM 5/7/2009 -0700, Lee wrote:
>Again, behavior is one thing. The mere voicing of
The core problem in this dispute seems to be your (and some others')
adherence to this claim. Despite the recommendations of Enlightenment
philosophes to defend to the death the liberty of everyone to say
whatever they please, this proposed dichotomy is just plain wrong.
Voicing an idea *is* a behavior, and in some circumstances can be an
incendiary and even fatal behavior.
Whether one privileges free speech over those risks and consequences
is another matter, but we have to start with the recognition of human
reality. People are not dispassionate brains in bottles, even when
they're doing science. To quote the blessed Lewis Thomas:
"Scientists at work are rather like young animals
engaged in savage play. When they are near an answer their hair
stands on end, they sweat, they are awash in their own adrenalin."
(Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell. Notes of a Biology Watcher, 1974)
Dr. Thomas was an experimentalist as well as an administrator, not a theorist.
How much more savage and awash in adrenalin, then, when humans
overhear others "merely voicing ideas" concerning their genocide, for example?
(Jesus Christ, was it really necessary for me to spend several
minutes writing that?)
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