quinta-feira, janeiro 01, 2004

A propósito de Chomsky

Uma busca de Noam Chomsky na secção de livros do sítio da Amazon (Inglaterra) produz 411 resultados, contra 281 para Isaac Newton, 738 para Charles Darwin e 9 para Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

As estatísticas valem o que valem, mas achei que não deixaria de ser interessante tirar duas conclusões daqueles resultados:
- Noam Chomsky é autor, co-autor ou título de 411 livros, grosso modo uma vez e meia o valor de Isaac Newton e metade do de Charles Darwin;
- a Amazon tem disponíveis para venda aos seus clientes livros de Boaventura de Sousa Santos...

"In North America the black bear was seen by [Samuel] Hearne swimming for hours with widely open mouth, thus catching, like a whale, insects in the water. Even in so extreme a case as this, if the supply of insects were constant, and if better adapted competitors did not already exist in the country, I can see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale."
Darwin, Charles; "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" (On the origin and transitions of organic beings with peculiar habits and structure)