Monday, February 11, 2008

Play of the mind

Check out this quote I found. This is exactly what I was thinking of when I thought up my blog's title (in the spur of the moment).
The widespread distrust of intellectuals in America reflects a tendency to depreciate their playfulness and distrust their piety. Ours is a society in which every form of play seems to be accepted by the majority except the play of the mind.
-Richard Hofstadter

Taken from the LA Times.

3 comments:

intrinsicallyknotted said...

Wow, that is…I mean…EXACTLY. I always say I use logic and reason for fun, and all I get are strange looks. But how can you NOT want to play with your own mind--not only a darn good tool, but also the best toy there's ever been? (Which is why I'm a mathematician!)

Thanks for being my first commenter!

By the way, as a physicist, I'm surprised you don't have Uncertain Principles on your blogroll. http://scienceblogs.com/principles/

miller said...

I don't have Uncertain Principles on my blogroll because I honestly don't read it! I'll put it on my reader for now, and add it the next time it impresses me.

intrinsicallyknotted said...

I just like the physics-with-my-dog stuff he does (plus, he's a professor at my school).