I am very grateful that the “enlightenment” allowed those who are admirers of open inquiry to be able to do just that… openly enquire without fear of condemnation.
But looking at things in the world now in general, I am thinking that perhaps this form of inquiry should have been more deeply entrenched in higher education during the intervening period till today.
It seems that the “dumbing down” of the American and now the South African population is successful because the faculty of “open inquiry” was not encouraged and supported during the “enlightenment”.
I have a new found admiration for Diderot. Just wish he was more successful than the others.
“Man is two men in one.
One is awake in the darkness.
The other asleep in the light.”
This is the profit that Elsevier makes from publicly funded research, basically for free.
A picture speaks a thousand words.
To quote from the article.
“So it behooves us to ask, “How many have we lost?” How many are there in the third world, in our cities and our workplaces whose immeasurable talent will never come to fruition? Having spent most of my adult life in emerging markets (and currently traveling through Sri Lanka), I would guess thousands at the very least, perhaps millions.
It boggles the mind.”
Update – 2013/07/12: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/07/04/human-development-capabilities-and-universities-of-the-twenty-first-century
Update – 2013/10/10: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers
Thanks to Mr Fish whoever you are, well said!