And I hit a sentence that I read 10 times in a row, it was so ... insightful ... and I had to stop the book to write it down.
Here it is.
The more educated one is, the more one tends to have a storehouse of concepts that are taken over as "finished products, without any encounter with the concrete reality from which the abstractions were taken".He was talking about religion and many theologians and blind adherents here, but it also applies to other knowledge especially in the soft "sciences" of the humanities, and it also affects the hard sciences.
This is not a slam on education in the true sense of the word (rather than the largely rote passing down of "finished product" concepts through educational institutions) ... it merely points out a big pitfall that all, especially those being educated ... should be aware of. One can't avoid these things if one is not looking out for these things to avoid in the first place.
One of the main problems is, it takes a nominal amount of intellectual sophistication to even understand what the pitfall is.
Discuss amongst yourselves ;-)