Martha Bayles

as [Ralphp] Ellison went on to argue, American diversity and unease are more often than not the parents of American excellence.

Neuman / Martha Bayles

Neuman surveyed the available evidence and found what advertisers and educators already knew–that most human beings are “obdurate, impenetrable, resourcefully resistant” toward any message, regardless of medium, that does not fit “the cognitive makeup of the minds receiving it.”

Wrote Neuman: “The mass citizenry, for most issues, simply will not take the time to learn more or understand more deeply, no matter how inexpensive or convenient … [ Read more ]

Mark Kingwell

Our most basic choice, the one that grounds all the others, is this: Do we attend closely to the business of our choices, or do we flee from them, in arrogance, or fear, or boredom–or some combination of all three?

Mark Kingwell

All inquiry, whatever its subject, has as its final object the matter of how to go about living.

Mark Kingwell

Knowingness is murderous of wonder and of insight, and ultimately it does a violent disservice to that which it sought to serve.

Mark Kingwell

Our most basic choice, the one that ground all the others, is this: Do we attend closely to the business of our choices, or do we flee from them, in arrogance, or fear, or boredom — or some combination of all three? That’s the only ultimate purpose or meaning that we can make sense of.