This isn't your traditional reading material that is usually found in Cafe Libri
because of the format it's presented in: a song. Despite that fact, this topic has found a special home in our community
because of the lyrics.
The tone of this piece is set from the minor introduction by Phillips that actually has nothing to do with his commentary about Academia: "You know there's a rumor that when Isaac Newton was first asked how it was that he was able to see so much further and more clearly than everybody else he answered by saying that he was standing on the shoulder of giants
Henry Phillips disagrees with this sentiment by elaborating on how the great scientists, philosophers, writers, and artists were really all freaks. Thus, anyone in Academia are actually "standing on the shoulders of freaks." He goes on to describe the sexual preferences of philosophic giants such as Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates (and that is only the beginning). He tackles Ernest Hemingway's thoughts on life and Salvador Dali's food preferences. There is so much happening with this song that I had to listen to it multiple times to really catch all the nuances. Plus, I was laughing, so it was easy to miss some of the details.
I only had two complaints about the presentation.