Re: [xmca] Disgrace: How a giant of science was brought low

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at>
Date: Sun Oct 21 2007 - 04:01:22 PDT

  That's easy. Think about Edward "Star Wars" Teller or Milton "Dictatorship is Democracy" Friedman.. The terms "fool" or "idiot" refer to their humanity, not their ability to factor equations and treat existence abstractly. Their worthiness of these terms even greater than the paradigmatic village fellow simply because their vanity makes them easy pawns of those who benefit from such deformations. As such, calling such folk "fools" or "idiots" is actually rather compassionate, almost an act of forgiveness.

"E. Knutsson" <> wrote:
  How can a "giant of science", who holds a Nobel Prize for work in genetics,
playing a crucial role in the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, be
considered a "fool" or an "idiot"?


On 2007-10-21, at 05:33, Andy Blunden wrote:
> I guess the fact that this fool holds a Nobel Prize for work in genetics
> makes his remarks particularly dangerous. A year ago I flipped over a paper
> published by the Australian Journal of Psychology which agreed with Watson.
> Both idiots think that a statistical difference in educational outcomes can
> only explained by genetics. Maybe a better explanation would be the lousy
> education our anglo-saxon scientists get from our universities? Given the
> current fad for everything genetic this is all unsurprising, but dangerous
> nonetheless.
> Andy
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:35:06 +1000
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
> From: Andy Blunden
> Subject: Re: [xmca] reading ability is genetic!? (read this one!)
> Here's a paper by this group:
> They prove that differential reading ability in people is genetic using ...
> statistics.
> Andy
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