I’ve been meaning to mention that the Commenter Formerly Known As Zizka, currently going by the more everyday appellation of John Emerson, has a new site called Idiocentrism. If you’re asking What is Idiocentrism?:
Idiocentrism presents my version of generalism. Because no one can know everything, generalist knowledge is inevitably contextual, particularist, perspectivist, and idiocentric.
My models are Montaigne, Herodotus, and perhaps Nietzsche. My contemporary guides are, among others, Stephen Toulmin and Michel Meyer…
The essay continues with a discussion of generalists and specialists, with reference to slash-and-burn agriculture and 500-pound cheeses. There are already a number of good things on the site, including essays on W. C. Fields, The Barbarian Reservoir, The Waters Above the Firmament, “How History Made the Mind,” and so on; I am especially fond of this description of the Khazars by the cranky 10th-century Armenian historian Movses Dasxuranci from History of the Caucasian Albanians (whose purchase the then-Zizka announced in the comments here):
bestial, gold-loving tribes of hairy men…. an ugly, insolent, broadfaced, eyelashless mob in the shape of women with flowing hair….demented in their satanically deluded tree-worshipping errors in accordance with their northern dull-witted stupidity, addicted to their fictitious and deceptive religion….There we observed them on their couches like rows of heavily laden camels. Each had a bowl full of the flesh of unclean animals, and dishes containing salt water into which they dipped their food, and brimming silver cups and beakers chased with gold which had been taken from the plunder from Tiflis. They also had drinking horns and gourd-shaped utensils from which they lapped their broth and similar greasy, congealed, unwashed abominations. Two or three of them to one cup, they greedily and bestially poured neat wine into their insatiable bellies which had the appearance of bloated goatskins….. Possessing completely anarchical minds, they stumble into every sort of error, beating drums and whistling over corpses, inflicting bloody sabre and dagger cuts on their cheeks and limbs, and engaging naked in sword fights – oh hellish sight! – at the graves, man against man and troop against troop, all stripped for battle….. They danced their dances with obscene acts, sunk in benighted filth and deprived of the sight of the light of the creator…. They were also incontinent sexually, and in accordance with their heathen, barbarous customs they married their father’s wife, shared one wife between two brothers, and married several women.
If that doesn’t whet your appetite, I don’t know what will.