This piece is by Wassily Kandinsky: I like its expressive movement and colour. It’s title is no surprise; Kandinsky often referred to the fact that he not only saw colours but heard them. He also wrote some interesting stuff about aesthetics and spirituality in art and was influenced by Theosophy, a theme that keeps popping up from time to time in my own reading.

But as I am not studying art, I currently have to cram at least one theory about learning a week. This week I have had a violent theoretical disagreement with Noam Chomsky and his Universal Grammar and Language Acquisition Device. Can I ignore this theory if I hate it? I asked. No was the answer, you must mention Chomsky, Chomsky is key. If you want, you may disagree offering scientific evidence for such heresy. For the purposes of getting the assignment boxes ticked would I really be bothered to waste the word count of a miser in argument with the wisdom of the day? It depresses me, but I will probably just end up quoting Chomsky obediently for a quiet life and a pass? Maybe I can weave in the marvellous, zinging Kandinsky and the following quote to sugar the prescribed pill…

There is no must in art because art is free.


Posted on October 10, 2010, in Art, Horse racing, Science, Words and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.
    Noam Chomsky

    Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.
    Noam Chomsky

    Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
    Noam Chomsky

    The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn’t betray it I’d be ashamed of myself.
    Noam Chomsky

    Rebel it’s what Noam would want you to do! 😀

  2. This blog is brought to you direct from Neptune.

    See I didn’t dislike Chomsky, I hardly know the man, more that I just don’t buy his language acquisition theory.

    I am such an egotist I want my own damn theory 😉

  3. Isn’t Noam Chomsky that bloke from ‘Cheers’?

    • P.S.

      His name doesn’t sound English. (DB goes to google)

      My research shows he’s not english.
      Therefore his ‘naturalistic’ (nudist?? WTF) theories discount his own theory as he’s not English and is therefore not a natural plus he probably spells things with zeds. Case closed. Diva Theory for ever! (Sung by the Spice Girls I believe)

      Any more help you need let me know!

  4. Is it nativist? I don’t know. Some of these theorists are a pain. My lecturer has had the wile to give me the only woman educational theorist (Jean Lave) to present because she knows I is a feminist.

  5. You questioning Wiki now, radical man I mean woman errrm person! 😀

    Are you a Feminist Socialist or a Socialist Feminist?

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