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dumbing down

May 28, 1998 12:23 PM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran

> wrote:
>> As was pointed out, "every science, philosophy, etc. has its own jargon". Why
>> do we have to "dummy down" Theosophy to the lowest common denominator?
>        Their unsuccessful attempts to do just that is my main problem with
>Besant and Leadbeater.
>        Bart Lidofsky

There are terms which are made for the specialist, understood by the
specialist, and which would be difficult to simplify without adding a few
more paragraphs.  I think that the full range should be made available.  If
things could be explained simply, they should be.  However, there should be
room for words that will drastically lose their meaning if simplified or
translated.  I do agree that the beginning students have a responsibility
to research the meaning of words.  However, too much of the fog factor can
be overwhelming.  Ever tried to read a philosophy or a physics book that
did not cater to the general public?  Ouch, my head hurts!

Thoa :o)

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