Among the seemingly endless array of truisms Professor Chomsky surveys in this timely discussion for the UCD Philosophy Society Inaugural Lecture 2013, are his important observations about our looming environmental disaster and the unlikely people trying to resolve it.

So-called western intellectuals often refer to pre-industrial societies as uneducated, since after all, they lack the many benefits a western education alleges to provide.  And yet, these pre-industrial societies are the ones mobilizing worldwide to help solve the problems of climate change, problems they had little to do with creating, while western countries, with the help of their intellectuals, accelerate the march towards the cliff.

It should, I think, make one pause to think about the price of a meaningful education.