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Purity and Sincerity.

Reader comment on item: Group Think in the Academy

Submitted by Ynnatchkah (United States), Sep 20, 2007 at 14:42

Dr. Richard Pipes says:"

"…His principal criterion of success is approval of peers"…

"…Such behavior, observed also in animal communities, strengthens group cohesion and enhances the sense of security of its individual members, but it inhibits creativity."…

As One's cited before (Mr. Silverstein) and by common sense, this trend is static and rigid when it concerns the humanities area…

Of course, in sciences it occurs, I mean, skepticism, however, thanks to the velocity/flow/access of Information and test techniques today, it is easily proven as true or bogus, making the source of its release, a person with a beautiful mind or a crook.

When Dr. Richard Pipes says that "..strengthen group cohesion and"…"… sense of security".., although I swallow it as true when primitive creatures are on the game, it is too primitive when it occurs to developed beings such as the human race. I believe, that's why we were given a brain, rather than being a disorganized DNA material.

I understand the "..sense of security".. very deceiving.

Scholars and University's staff "step up – carefully on eggs", fearful of losing support. They play characters to survive in low standards. They downgrade their morality and professional excellence.

They help humanity to increase its hopelessness, in a rate of change even higher…It inhibits creativity as a result of the stress and the false sense of security. Immaturity…..

Smells as these scholars truly believe in the existence of a "big brother" always "watching" them… So Communist…so much to the "free world" Capitalistic System…So "Ghetto". You have no freedom…the only freedom of choice you have it limited by the choices "ups and above" display to you…Beyond that, you are out.

Totalitarism.

Islamists for sure knew about this, forgive me the word please, "travesty" manners. Perhaps, we are in a breaking point also for the humanities sphere. In the same way sciences jumped almost as a miracle by the end of the 20th century with Telecom and Internet Advance- now it came a time when humanities areas and teachers reached a breaking point. A time of decision.

And what Dr. Richard Pipes said about to be a sinecure….It is so painfully true… not only in the US, but all over…Just did not expected it to happen here. And 50 years ago he in-sighted it already…so the "Phenomena" was there before….already…

Dr. Richard Pipes…

Loved the way you exposed your ideas, with purity, such a beautiful sincerity, with tenure and in a so pedagogic way…step by step…so softly and comfortable at the moment we read.

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