Knowledge/Power

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

From an Interview with Michel Foucault:

Q: Do you have any conviction one way or another on this issue (of whether there is an innate predisposition to homosexual behaviour or whether it is caused by social conditioning)?

MF: On this question I have absolutely nothing to say. ‘No Comment’.

Q:Does this mean you think the question is unanswerable or bogus or does it simply not interest you?

MF: No, none of these. I just don’t believe in talking about things which go beyond my expertise. Its not my problem and I don’t really like talking about things which go beyond the object of my work. On this question I have only an opinion; since it is only an opinion it is without interest.

Q: But opinions can be interesting don’t you agree?

MF: Sure I could offer my opinion but this would only make sense if everybody and anybody’s opinions were being consulted. I don’t want to make use of a position of authority whilst being interviewed, to traffic in opinions.

WOULDNT IT BE AMAZING IF PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC EYE THESE DAYS DEMONSTRATED A FRACTION OF FOUCAULT’S INTEGRITY AND HUMILITY IN THIS REGARD? IF PEOPLE DID NOT ‘MAKE USE OF A POSITION OF AUTHORITY…TO TRAFFIC IN OPINIONS’?

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  2. hmm says:

    but they believe their opinions. Are. Facts.
    and if they aren’t. There oughta be a law to make them facts.

    famous people are humble these days. and very, very stupid.

    that’s why you never hear an opinion from them that has any intelligence. or even an elegant phrasing. you’re probably more embarrassed about celebs who agree with you, in art or politics. “yeah, I’d vote for him, see his show…but why can’t he express that opinion more richly? now if I go around saying that opinion, people will think I’m as knee jerk as him”

    i WOULD be amazed.
    Because I can’t imagine today’s politicians, actors, singers or writers or alas comedians ever, EVER, learning something about the scientific method and verifying your hypotheses and thought experiments before they just grabbed for more cash or for more satisfying but hollow prejudice (which requires more cash grabbing to fill the hollow).

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