Pop Culture vs. Philosophy



Raynor Ganan discovered, to his dismay, that Google Image Search tends to identify "John Locke" as a LOST character, rather than as an English philosopher. It was this discussion that prompted his investigation:

i was trying to explain jeremy bentham’s panopticon to my 5 year-old nephew this weekend and he was like, “geesh uncle ray, i already know all about that because of lost.” and then i was like, “look here half-pint, just cuz the producers of that television programme copy-pasted philosophers’ names for their characters’ names to spice up the mystery (despite the fact that the relationship is tenuous at best) this does not mean that you know the first thing about jeremy bentham or his panopticon.” and then my 5 year-old nephew turned on the waterworks and his mom made her way over to us and gave me disparaging looks.


Link via Geekosystem

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Why would this guy take the time to try and explain Jeremy Bentham to a 5 year old? Did he just want to feel smarter then him or is he just one of those guys that is constantly bringing up philosophers to make everyone think he is smart. I'm sure no matter how he tried to explain it to him, it would be beyond almost every single 5 year old's level of comprehension.
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