Disclaimer: I am not calling educated people stupid.
I'm saying you can't make a stupid person smart.
Education Does Not Equal Intelligence
The problem with our schools is that they teach facts instead
of thinking. For example, the current debates about
'global warming' focus on facts from the last few years, ignoring
the past few hundred million years, volcanic pollution, sun
activity, etc. The facts being used are sound, but
without the thinking about everything else, incorrect
conclusions are being drawn. Students don't need to know cold hard facts;
they need to know where to find the facts and how to use them.
Jones' wife thought they were due for a fat tax refund do to
a courteous IRS email. She promptly emailed away
their Social Security and Visa Check Card Number. Josh
stated, "But, believe it or not, my wife is not
stupid. In fact, she has a PhD from Harvard! "
An educated person may or may not see the problem, but a smart person will be able to correlate seemingly unrelated information into something useful.
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Taliban At Harvard? Rumors Fly at Yale
A former Yale admissions dean says the school accepted an ex-Taliban
official because it didn't want to see Harvard woo the Afghani applicant
to Cambridge. ...
Here's another example:
More and more, our professors are being given papers where students
have simply copy & pasted segments from various webpages
together (frequently from sites like Wikipedia), creating some sort of almagamated
hyper-plagiarism which becomes harder and harder to catch.
So basically he's sending his students home to write a paper, then judging
their intelligence from that. Is our anonymous professor really so gullible?
Here's an analogy to chew on: Johnny the Teenager is told, "Your future income
will be based on how much loose change you pick up from that empty
parking lot over there. You have one day to scour it. I'll be back tomorrow." As
Dr. Professor leaves, Johnny sees a new store across the street called "Loose
Change R Us", which hands out loose change for free. Dr. Professor comes
back the next day, sees Johnny with a truckful of loose change, and graduates him.
Note To Self: Work on analogical skills
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our
planet's recent climate changes have a natural - and not a
human-induced cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.
Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast
majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping
huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The vast majority of climate scientists think the sun heating the planet
The fact that a majority of scientists have come to a conclusion about
the weather, which under ordinary circumstances they'd admit we know very
little about, should make you think.
"As the evocative title from Wired magazine implies, Kevin Dunbar of the University of
Toronto has taken an in-depth and fascinating look at scientific error, the scientists who
cope with it, and sometimes transcend it to find new lines of inquiry. From the article:
'Dunbar came away from his in vivo studies with an unsettling insight: Science is a
deeply frustrating pursuit. Although the researchers were mostly using established
techniques, more than 50 percent of their data was unexpected. (In some labs, the
figure exceeded 75 percent.) "The scientists had these elaborate theories about what
was supposed to happen," Dunbar says. "But the results kept contradicting their
theories. It wasn't uncommon for someone to spend a month on a project and then just
discard all their data because the data didn't make sense."'"
This is another real-world example for you:
Modern Peru an Ancient UFO Port?
At the bottom of the article:
"After all, it's no more ludicrous than the mythology of the Jehovah's Witnesses."
This will be hard for our college friends, but here goes:
When the subject of religion (in general, or JW's in this case) comes up, the intelligent person will admit to themselves that there may be more about the subject than they know, and so will move on. The college-educated will admit to themselves that it's their duty to try to educate the stupid.
This page has only generated a few comments, all of which attacked me
as a person, not the arguments.
Here's a typical example:
>>Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by
>>() on Saturday, November 04, 2006 at 18:14:35
>>Comments: Let me guess,no college background, right? Gosh, how'd I
>> guess?! Don't be so defensive about it.
>>HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
...and I think that says it all.
These aren't really on topic...I just enjoy belittling you...
Colleges exist so people like you can keep up with people like me.
The trouble with unlimited education
is that knowledge, per se, bears no correlation
--John Campbell, editor, Analog Science Fiction, Science Fact, October 1967
I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
- Garrison Keillor
Of course...as intelligent beings at the top of the food chain, we think that intelligence Must be the pinnacle of evolution, even though we don't understand what intelligence really is. Maybe what our society thinks of as 'intelligent people' could be more accurately described as 'well adapted to current conditions'...much like light-colored moths quickly evolved to dark-colored moths in industrial, sooty 1800's London...which means 'intelligence' wouldn't even be a factor. What if the 'next stage of evolution' turns out to be mind-control so the predator can guide you into its mouth?
© BRENT KEVIN KRKOSSKA
Comments? Good luck!