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.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
To lack intelligence is to be in the ring blindfolded.- David M. Shoup
Wit is educated insolence.- Aristotle
The Homeland Security department doesn't have tasking authority in the intelligence commun...- David Hunt
Intelligence is playing a more important role in policymaker decisions than I think I've e...- Mike D. Rogers
The White House is giving George W. Bush intelligence briefings. You know, some of these j...- David Letterman
Whether a person feels positive or not is kind of a comment on their personality and of no great interest. You can find positive signs or you can find negative signs. How you evaluate them depends on something that happened in your life recently or something like that. There’s no objective way to do it. The important thing is you try to commit yourself to making the positive signs more real. Suppose you felt that there’s 99 percent of a probability that human civilization is going to be destroyed in the next hundred years, but one percent chance it won’t be, and that one percent offers some opportunities to do something. Well, you commit yourself to that one percent.
|Birth:||7th December, 1928|
|Profession:||Activist, Critic, Historian, Linguist, Logician, Philosopher, Professor|
Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, to Jewish parents in the affluent East Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the elder son of noted professor of Hebrew at Gratz College and IWW member William Chomsky (1896–1977), a native of Ukraine. A graduate of Central High School of Philadelphia, Chomsky began studying philosophy and linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1945, taking classes with philosophers such as C. West Churchman and Nelson Goodman and linguist Zellig Harris. Harris's teaching included his discovery of transformations as a mathematical analysis of language structure.
Chomsky referred to the morphophonemic rules in his 1951 master's thesis—The Morphophonemics of Modern Hebrew—as transformations in the sense of Carnap's 1938 notion of rules of transformation, and subsequently reinterpreted the notion of grammatical transformations in a very different way from Harris, as operations on the productions of a context-free grammar. Harris's political views were instrumental in shaping those of Chomsky. Chomsky earned a BA in 1949 and an MA in 1951.
Chomsky joined the staff of MIT in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy). From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics, and in 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor. As of 2010, Chomsky has taught at MIT continuously for 55 years.
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