[extropy-chat] an(other) Aussie visits Texas
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Jan 28 22:10:27 UTC 2007
At 04:35 PM 1/28/2007 -0500, Robert Bradbury wrote:
>You need to *seriously* be worried about encouraging me to give up
>Posting URLs pointing out how *stupid* or uninformed the average
>U.S. citizen , particularly when they are misled , is causes
>me to debate seriously whether jumping off a bridge or jumping into
>the SI camp (of letting the damm "FAI" take over) might not be
>seriously better than the alternate paths.
Calm down, pal. While the video is apparently not a spoof--in the
sense that these are real vox pop responses--it is of course compiled
from *heavily* selected fragments. I guess what's cumulatively
hilarious/horrifying for Aussies in such a gag is the (mischievously
over-emphasized) degree of ignorance and lack of ironic
self-perception among a selection of citizens of the world's richest,
most powerful and most influential nation. It might not be truly
representative, but it is grimly funny and a bit worrying. One
frequently sees surveys claiming that such colossal ignorance is
widespread, but a clip like this brings it home with an ouch.
But don't jump off a bridge. We do need to find good solutions to
these problems--not only to aging etc, but to the cheerfully accepted
limitations on ordinary human intelligence and curiosity instilled by
cultures like ours (maybe by all cultures, as you point out, of which
many are far worse and more vicious).
Sorry to have soured your day, Robert.
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