Drinking Hemlock And Other Nutritional Matters



In “”, Harold Morowitz raises radical questions about how we know what we know and emphasizes the need for careful inquiry. Mr. Morowitz is strongly convinced that by incorporating the basics of epistemology (or the theory of knowledge) into our children’s schooling, they would be much better suited to survive in the harsh real world. His title alludes to the punishment of Socrates, the first propounder of the Theory of Knowledge.
Morowitz begins his short piece with a tale of a commercial he witnesses. He starts off cynically by stating; “…after rising early I thought it appropriate to turn on the television and communicate, unidirectionally to be sure, with the outside world” (2). Here ...

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lifted and the uncertainty of reason replaced the assuredness of emotion,” Morowitz begins to question the validity of the past movie star’s accusations (2). After taking time to ponder her barrage against sugar that had him all fired up in emotion, Morowitz contemplates where this actress “had acquired such self-righteous certainty about biochemical and nutritional matters that have eluded my colleagues for years” (2). Morowitz again implies a cynical tone in stating, “ Perhaps all this messy experimental work…is not the shortest road to the truth at all, and we of the dirty white lab coat crowd are missing some mysterious pathway whereby true nutritional knowledge comes with blinding insight” (2).
Harold Morowitz’s tale reveals the frequentness of ill-researched facts being set forth for all to see. He tells another story of a biomedical scientist’s nightmare involving a social gathering where someone begins an “oratorical declamation on Good Nutrition” where all the facts ...

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Added: 12/28/2004 01:13:02 AM
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