Monday, January 30, 2006

Things you may not know about thinkers you thought you knew.

Noam Chomsky on globalization: "For the record, I am in favour of globalization... I agree with th 18th-century economic philosopher Adam Smith...."

Adam Smith on PDAs: "[T]he person so nice with regard to this machine, will not always be found either more scrupulously punctual than other men, or more anxiously concerned upon any other account, to know precisely what time of day it is. What interests him is not so much the attainment of this piece of knowledge, as the perfection of the machine which serves to attain it. How many people ruin themselves by laying out money on trinkets of frivolous utility? What pleases these lovers of toys is not so much the utility, as the aptness of the machines which are fitted to promote it."

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