I am in Singapore now, attending a conference at National University Singapore.
I met with Ilya Farber, my neurophilosophical friend now based in Singapore. We were discussing about various matters over Mexican food, when Ilya mentioned about the spirit of rebel in the United States.
Obedience without reason was not appreciated highly in the United States, Ilya said. If you have a reason to do something against the convention at a time, you are encouraged to do so. Rebel with reason is better than obedience without reason. That is the American spirit, Ilya told me while we were enjoying the night breeze of Singapore.
We also engaged ourselves in discussions on the philosophy of pragmatism. What a stimulating night!
Ilya Farber in a Tokyo restaurant earlier this year.