My primary goal is to learn too. With that purpose in mind, I have found that I must be selective in choosing sources. I read quite a bit, but I donít have an unlimited amount of time or resources. If that seems anti-intellectual, then so be it. The method I use to select how I spend my intellectual time is guided by the method described by Platoís Socrates with the epistemic analogy of the Divided Line in REPUBLIC (509D-513E). So as not to be too reliant on one method, I follow many of the methodological principles of Hegel and Kant as well. I also employ many of the methodological measures described by Sankara in VIVEKACUDAMANI (THE CREST JEWEL OF DISCRIMINATION). Doubtless I miss some things when I decide to skip a study whose title sends up a red flag in my mind, but I keep plugging away, spending most of my time engaged in some kind of scholarly endeavor.
I understand the impulse, but I find it surprisingly anti-intellectual for one committed to reason. I was trained to consider all points of view. When I studied the causes of the American Revolution... more