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June 14, 2011

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IanC

Spot-on, Will. And the very strange Guardian history of indie music failed to cover the phenomenon of 'landfill indie', the plethora of identikit whining vocalists and chiming guitars of the past 10 years or so, all trying and sadly succeeding in sounding exactly like Coldplay.
You might consider the Guardian's list-mania in the light of all the recent books with titles like 1000 Places to See Before You Die, 1000 Films to Watch BYD etc etc. This is surely symptomatic of a culture convinced that this life is All There Is and also aware of its own inability to avoid unsustainable development. The collective unconscious looks like it's beginning a vast box-ticking exercise before obsessive economic growth and consumerism lead capitalism to eat itself and the Earth.

alice

Could be worse, could be describing universities as magic fact machines http://www.universitiesweek.org.uk/factsharegenerator/Pages/default.aspx

(In interests of openness, I should say I did once judge a 100 most powerful people in science for the Times, but mainly because I thought the arguments involved would be funny and I'd learn from them. They were and I did)

Thony C.

I'd be interested to see someone unearth a single fact from Hegel's Phenomenology, or, for that matter, an intelligible sentence.

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Matt McG

Their characterisation of some of the books is a bit odd, too:

Dawkins launches a revolution in biology with the suggestion that evolution is best seen from the perspective of the gene, rather than the organism

Or, erm, not. Given that George Williams, and Hamilton had already done rather more than _suggest_ this idea, a decade before. I can sort of see how you might have fun producing a list like this by asking people who actually know something about a subject to provide a 'top 10', but mistaking a popular work aimed at non-specialists for the root of a scientific revolution is just stupid. Ditto for other examples on their list.

Dick Pountain

I'd guess this list-o-mania infecting both TV and press is a natural development of consumerism. No-one wants to be seen consuming anything less than "the best", but they need someone to tell them what that is because they've lost the critical capacity to discover for themselves. Unfortunately this incapacity extends to the pundits they choose - it's how dumbing-down proliferates.

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