Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hutchins, ultimate theories, and homemade bread

Sorry this is late...

I haven't fully read the next chapters yet for various reasons (like I don't have the book!), but I have already "bought" the whole theory lock, stock and barrel. I want to chime in with Jim, who (unfortunately) beat me to the question: how do we critique Hutchins? The mail from Hutchins that Peg read out last week was exhilarating but also kinda troubling: this is the theory to end all theory, the ultimate scaffolding. The totalitarian reach of it all could make things so clear, but at the same time, dangerous. To look at ways that we can at least walk around the theory and see possible points of critique or ways to adapt/modify it, I think would be extremely valuable. I'm going to check out some reviews to see what the great intellectual unwashed have to say about it...

In the meantime, I have an idea: let's rent a boat and sail to Ireland. That way we can test all the navigation stuff and I don't have to buy a ticket home for Christmas. You can all stay at my place and taste my mother's great homemade bread. And we could theorize, drink and be merry. In the process we will come up with a theory to trump Hutchins, become famous and live happily ever after as distributed tax exiles. Then End.

Any takers?


Blogger Alison said...

I'm in. Can't navigate but I can theorize, drink, and be merry.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Yes, I'm definitely in-- Any trip that involves homemade bread is an easy sell for me!

8:31 AM  
Blogger gfp said...

Great idea. Probably the only way to get around Hutchin's theory is to go to a different country and pretend we don't care abou the US Navy. I agree with you, though--where's the shadow in Hutchin's work, the area that he's still looking to explain?

Sean, I don't have the book either. I did get on the library website and "check out" the electronic copy, which worked okay. But really, who needs a book when you've got Irish bread?


12:55 PM  

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