Sunday, January 15, 2006

"We call ourselves a clever country, well, we aren't. We're starting to lose the brains we have and that's distinctly distressing."

As Orwell foretold, the Ruling Party is never wrong:

It was extraordinarily difficult. Beyond the late fifties everything faded. When there were no external records that you could refer to, even the outline of your own life lost its sharpness. You remembered huge events which had quite probably not happened, you remembered the detail of incidents without being able to recapture their atmosphere, and there were long blank periods to which you could assign nothing. Everything had been different then.

[..] To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.

2006, Australia:

AUSTRALIA'S oldest museum may forsake old rocks, fossils and ancient cultures for "contemporary" research on issues such as climate change and the race riots in Redfern.

At a staff meeting last month, Australian Museum assistant director Les Christidis told the institution's stunned research scientists that they must engage in "contemporary and relevant" research.

The move forms part of a review of research priorities - driven by museum director Frank Howarth - that critics claim will tarnish the 178-year-old institution's scientific reputation.

The museum's research, collections and 120 scientists, technical staff and conservators absorb about half the annual budget of $35 million - most of it funded by the NSW Government.
HT: Catallaxy

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

Interesting 'literature' link; when I was doing my degree, I looked for more and more challenging questions.
So that I could answer them.
Now you just download an answer, and they call that 'study'?
What exactly does plagiarism qualify you to do?