06 Jan #4 of podcast: The Cult of Logic
The Very Not Normal Podcast; Episode #4.
This episode is a two-part discussion on the problems with logic when it is mixed up with intuition. I talk about how the logic that clicks because it fits in our technic worldview has led us astray in the past (ie in the NYC urban planning scene) and how it applies to Hasidic married women shaving their heads, and of course, how this is now playing out in the scientism of covid19 measures. The second part of the podcast is a conversation about the Frankfurt School’s theories on instrumental reason, which is a very limited way of reasoning in which everything is broken down to component parts.
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- On Jewish Dybbuk forlklore see: Dybbuk | Jewish folklore | Britannica
- On Jane Jacob’s and Robert Moses I drew from The Battle for Gotham by Roberta Brandes Gratz and The Life and Death of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
- On the traffic patterns of more highway space see here: What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse | WIRED
- On the construction of the BQE in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Brooklyn-Queens Expressway – s. Williamsburg bk (weebly.com)
- The excellent article on the Frankfurt school from which I quote extensively: How the Frankfurt School diagnosed the ills of Western civilisation | Aeon Essays
- I must mention John Steppling, whose essays have all been eye opening and have introduced me to the Frankfurt School, esp Dialectic of Enlightenment.