It’s Just Fun to Type “Mental Masturbation”
Thomas Sowell (why don’t more bloggers link to his work?) on what was once George Washington’s birthday, and the sad ignorance most Americans have of our country’s history.
Ayn Rand said she studied history to learn how we got here, and philosophy so we’d know where to go. Whether you agree with Rand’s philosohpy or not — and I have major issues with large portions of Objectivism — I don’t think it’s arguable that philosophy ungrounded in the reality of the past is nothing more than mental masturbation. Certainly that has something to do with why most philosophy departments add a negative to the sum of human knowledge.