Aren't you just repeating the cultural ideas you were taught and not thinking for yourself?

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Aren't you just repeating the cultural ideas you were taught and not thinking for yourself?

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Q: Aren't you just repeating the cultural ideas you were taught and not thinking for yourself?

To answer directly, no. I went to public schools that taught me that Picasso was the greatest painter ever, and that John Cage was the most brilliant composer. We even listened to a "recording" of his famous 4'33" of silence. I watched TV and read books, magazines, and newspapers that preached the same kinds of things. Believe me, I arrived at these positions through my own independent thinking, not because I was being taught some kind of realist dogma.

Be that as it may, this is actually an example of the ad hominem fallacy. What if I had been the son of a pair of realist painters? What if I went to better schools that would never teach the absurdities I mentioned? Would that make my positions any less true than they already are? Of course not, this is just an attack on me personally rather than on the validity of what I have to say.