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MON, DEC 16 2019
by Thomas Flewell
on August 15, 2019 at 11:46 AM
Come Gorgias, let us reason together and set aside the contentious wrangling of the sophists.
by Mark Bolda
on August 15, 2019 at 1:20 PM
I knew you would like that Thom. What's interesting in the initial exchange between Socrates and Gorgias is how Gorgias is convinced that he can persuade audiences without actually having a mastery of the subject. In fact, he states he could sway an audience more effectively than the actual expert of that very subject.  
It seems absurd, of course, but it speaks volumes to how people assimilate knowledge and let their opinions be shaped.
by Alexander Pope
on August 30, 2019 at 7:12 PM
A little learning is a dangerous thing;  
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:  
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,  
and drinking largely sobers us again.  
How’s the book? Will you be posting a review? Are we doomed or is it just sensationalism?
Reply by Mark Bolda
on August 31, 2019 at 7:23 PM
Cute reference there ... Alex.  
Should be posting a review, actually colleague Peter Henry over at USDA is reading the same, so should have some nice discussion to share.  
Among other things (and believe me this author has done her homework!), the book implies that the industry is not going to do well going forward because the whole system has been based on fumigation which is not sustainable, I think (and really am here to think) otherwise.  
What seems so obvious one day is not so obvious the next.
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