Learning to be original

Wright, L.S. (2010) Learning to be original. In: Distinguished Senior Research Award Lecture , 4 May 2010, Rhodes University. (Unpublished)

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My topic suggested itself in response to a point made at a seminar on University autonomy. Someone observed that many people, even shack dwellers, are interested in the cosmos and they always would be. The remark came in the course of a debate concerning the cost of the SKA project, the massively expensive square kilometer array telescope for which South Africa is bidding against Australia, viewed in relation to the country’s huge list of social backlogs: Big science versus food and decent housing; a false opposition, or a grim choice? You can imagine the debate. The nugget that stayed with me was the tangential comment that ordinary people are always interested in the cosmos. If so, is this true merely because human cultures traditionally incorporate such an interest, or because humans themselves actually need a relation to the cosmos? What might this need be?

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information:Professor Laurence Wright is Director and Head of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He was awarded the 2009 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Medal.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Originality, Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Schopenhauer, Immanuel Kant, Anthony Altbeker, Susan Buck-Morse, Frantz Fanon, B.F. Skinner, Noam Chomsky, Mamphela Ramphele, Monica Wilson, Don Selwyn, Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Weniti, the Māori Merchant of Venice, James Watson Cronin, Harold Bloom, Orpheus, Pythagorus, Goran Hyden
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PE English
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1702
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:23 May 2010 16:53
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