Noam Chomsky speaks at UCC, 4th of April.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/466570816745357/?fref=ts

I believe that link can be viewed by the public, if not, here's a copy-paste of the information:

Noam Chomsky is an eminent linguist and a radical political philosopher of international reputation.

Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, he is an intellectual prodigy who received a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1955 he has been a professor at MIT and has produced groundbreaking, controversial theories on human linguistic capacity. Chomsky is widely published, both on topics in his field and on issues of dissent and U.S. foreign policy.

Mr Chomsky has now worked in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT for over half a century. For his academic pursuits, he has received a multitude of honorary degrees from universities as far flung as the University of Calcutta to the University of Chicago.

Chomsky’s ideas have never been regulated to language alone. His awards for peace and public intellect are just as impressive. In 1967,The New York Review of Books published his essay, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals." In light of the Vietnam War, which Chomsky adamantly opposed, he addressed what he saw as a disgracefully resigned intellectual community, a community of which he was an embarrassed member, with the hope of igniting his peers into deeper thought and action. Weaving between the world of academia and popular culture, Chomsky has gained a reputation for both his linguistic discoveries and his radical ideas.

As a professor, he introduced transformational grammar to the field. His theory asserts that languages are innate and that the differences we see are only due to parameters developed over time in our brains, helping to explain why children are able to learn different languages more easily than adults. One of his most famous contributions to linguistics is what his contemporaries have called the Chomsky Hierarchy, a division of grammar into groups, moving up or down in their expressive abilities. These ideas have had huge ramifications for modern psychology, both raising and answering questions about human nature and how we process information.

Noam Chomsky will address UCC on Thursday April 4th 2013 in Devere Hall. This event is open both to students and to members of the public. Tickets are €8 and will be on sale this week on UCC campus and in the Visitors’ Centre in the Main Quadrangle.

Details will be finalised over the weekend so check this page for updates.

For more information contact: events@uccphilosoph.com.
 


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That would be an event worth attending and at 8 euro that is a cheap price indeed to hear a leading global commentator and a major contributor to knowledge.
 

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8 euro will get you in. Aternatively you could log onto any one of the US based 'Love the Corporation' forums to find the latest invective to sling.
 
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Or I could just knock back a bottle of vodka, bang my head against a wall, spin in a circle for 40 seconds, and see what unintelligible garbage spews out of my mouth....t'would save me the 8 euro.
 

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There is no dictator Chomsky will not defend or support as long as they are anti-American.

If he were listened to the Taliban would still rule Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein and Gaddaffi would still be alive.

His anarcho syndicalism philosophy is complete b*llsh*t.

He is a crashing bore too.
 
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And he's boring; oh so very boring.

It's so funny watching all the silly little SU types hanging on his every word as he mumbles along.
 

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Or I could just knock back a bottle of vodka, bang my head against a wall, spin in a circle for 40 seconds, and see what unintelligible garbage spews out of my mouth....t'would save me the 8 euro.
For your country you could do no more:) If you don't intend to attend or have no interest why the despair and obvious gnashing of teeth?
 

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I'm going to attend this if I can. I don't really agree with most of what he says, but he's been a pretty influential figure, all things considered.
 

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I'm always assured that someone is worth listening to and considered a danger when one gets empty epithets slung on a thread like this.

After all if Chomsky wasn't influential why would he attract such unexplained opprobrium?:)
 

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I literally see no reasonable contributions from your posts in this thread thus far Ramps, if you have something to post then post it on-topic, if not then just don't post at all.

Thanks.
 
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I literally see no reasonable contributions from your posts in this thread thus far Ramps, if you have something to post then post it on-topic, if not then just don't post at all.

Thanks.
Jawohl, mein kommandant. Chomsky is just terrific. Ok?
 

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I'm always assured that someone is worth listening to and considered a danger when one gets empty epithets slung on a thread like this.

After all if Chomsky wasn't influential why would he attract such unexplained opprobrium?:)
We can demonstrate that this isn't a reliable heuristic by considering other people who are not worth listening to yet who would also get empty epithets slung at them - like Ann Coulter, for example.
 

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We can demonstrate that this isn't a reliable heuristic by considering other people who are not worth listening to yet who would also get empty epithets slung at them - like Ann Coulter, for example.
The difference between Ann Coulter and Noam Chomsky goes a little deeper than which one of them looks like they've just come from a divorce party in a trailer park.

Chomsky has some intellectual credentials. Coulter is a media performer who can be relied on to be controversial as a career option. She's an American lawyer who finds a media profile more appealing than legal precedent or filework.

A woman who sends out signals that she missed the Reagan 80's and she's none too happy about that. And everybody has to pay for her missing out on her entitlement to that bonfire of the consumer vanities.
 
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I spend my 8 euro on a Sunday special lunch myself. Far better for it too.
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