Ed Driscoll

The Thought Of No-Thought

Back in March, at the height of Yale’s Taliban man debacle, blogger Penraker wrote:

We now have the first generation of college students who have learned NOT to think; they don’t even allow certain thoughts in their heads.

Welcome to the class of ’06, the first generation educated to become drones.

Don’t believe him? Then listen to Mark Taylor, religion and humanities professor at Williams College, and “Gagdad Bob”, who runs roughshod over his zen-like thought of no-thought:

The purpose of an elite university education is no longer to become educated — to acquire a well-furnished mind and familiarize oneself with the best things that have been thought and said — but to become stupid by elevating a means to an end. Thus, upon contact with his luckless students, Professor Taylor tells them