April 28, 2004


In Tokyo he attended Butsuri Gakko (school of physics) where he studied English during the day and mathematics at night. In this way, any combativeness that existed in the working masses was neutralized. Even more important is the principal thesis of this book --- that social analysts have in fact hit upon a mutually reinforcing and defensible set of evaluative practices that, if clearly understood, would raise great doubts in their own minds as to whether the recieved ideals are worth aspiring to even as ideals. Errors and/or uncertainties in measurements are often the aggregation of many sources and are in many cases distributed according to a Gaussian law (see below). More than that, we will be closer to thinking of a more appropriate and realistic model of how and why tastes change if we distinguish causes of change per se from what causes the new tastes to take the form that they do.

(The fifth sentence on page 23 of the five books which happened to be on the table when I wanted to procrastinate: respectively, Chou, Hu Shih and Intellectual Choice in Modern China; Sternhell, The Birth of Fascist Ideology; Braybrooke and Lindblom, A Strategy of Decision; Sornette, Critical Phenomena in the Natural Sciences; Lieberson, A Matter of Taste. I had to edit Lieberson a little to make him more grammatical.)


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