Film Theory: Categorization; Dichotomies

Film Theory: Categorization; Dichotomies

Stephen Jay Gould:

Since the world is so full of  a number of things, we must categorize and simplify in order to comprehend.

But the reduction of complexity entails a great danger, since the time between enlightening epitome and vulgarized distortion is so fine.

Dichotomy is the usual pathway to vulgarization.

(Review of A Feeling for the Organism of Life and Work of Barbara McLintock, NY Review of Books, March 29, 1984, 58-71.