[ExI] the formerly rich and their larvae...

spike spike66 at att.net
Tue Feb 12 06:15:08 UTC 2008

> Olga Bourlin
> Subject: Re: [ExI] the formerly rich and their larvae...
> From: "spike" <spike66 at att.net>
> > Unfortunately, she is not college material...
> But "college material" is a funny thing...

Aspergers.  Unable to follow a lecture.

> I mean, shit ... George Bush went to college...

Yes, at Yale.  They don't give those degrees away.  Olga keep in mind that
the whole notion that W is mentally deficient was an invention of the
mainstream press.  If you read the books of people who actually worked for
him, not one of them say he is stupid (see for instance George Tenet, who
disagreed with W but does not argue that he is deficient in any way.)

> I've known so very many people who went to college - but whom 
> I do not consider to be very educated...

I hear that a lot regarding engineers.  We are told we didn't get real
education, but rather mere job training.  Granted we may have no clue why
those paintings that were recently stolen were considered to be worth $163
million.  Why?  


If they were worth that much, why couldn't we digitize photos of them and
build a robot which would create arbitrarily many copies using actual oil
paints on canvas, copies that are so good that only experts could tell them
from the original?  Couldn't we replace all the original (absurdly
overvalued) originals in the museums with really good copies, thus saving
huge sums on the obviated security measures?

So we don't understand the art world.  No amount of education will change
that for me.

> "Why are so many seemingly intelligent, rational people 
> caught in the grip of the irrational beliefs of religion? 
> Law, engineering, chemistry, mathematics... fields that 
> require a great deal of thinking, seem to be no guarantee of 
> rational thinking... Olga

This is something I have pondered often.  I have personally known many who
are very impressive intellectually but carry irrational beliefs.  I don't
understand why they are not crushed beneath the weight of counter evidence
everywhere they look and every time they think.



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