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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Science Fail : Confusing Cause With Effect

All the important work happens on the perimeter nowadays. The university system is trailing so far behind the cutting edge of what is going on that many of their conclusions sound like echoes from the 17th century. The argument has passed them by. They are in the wake of the real intellectual power curve.

Sucks to be them. Genetics beats a fistful of degrees any day of the week. Sorry fellas but it's all about the hardware you're running on, not the software. Your degree won't help you much to keep up with the evolution in ideas. They are gradually becoming irrelevant.

Blame the internet for stealing the authority and control over information away from academia. Once information is disseminated and available widely it becomes all about native intelligence. It doesn't matter what kind of letters you have after your name. Right now there is some dude who lives with his parents in Brooklyn who knows more about the relationship between magnetic reversals and earth changes than most of you academics would be able to absorb if you had another ten lifetimes to do so. Some people just have better brains than you do and there isn't much social engineering you can do to work around that. Pity most of these people are driven more by vanity than enthusiasm for the subject that they got their degree in.

7 comments:

PrairieSage07 said...

The true cost of a Harvard business education... about $4000 worth of books and a year of part-time study.

Texas Arcane said...

Once you find out what sort of people graduated "with honors" from Harvard, you will never waste any respect on a college degree ever again.

We're talking illiterate, incomprehensible blathering morons who think professional wrestling is a real sport. I know some "Harvard grads" and they are beneath contempt. These people would have been considered ripe candidates for institutionalization in the 1950's as they lack the basic skills needed to survive on their own in the outside world.

hitfan said...

PrairieSage07, those $4000 worth of books can easily be cut down to free if they're available in PDF form.

I think it's inevitable that cash-strapped governments will figure out that they can drastically cut the cost of higher education by doing away with the standard brick-and-mortar model. Just look at what many municipal governments are doing to their libraries right now.

I recently wanted to start programming for the iPad. Pinceton U. offers free online lectures specially for this, and so I am watching their videos.

Smartphones can access the entire history of human knowledge quite readily. Fast forward a couple of decades from now, what will be the social and economic impact when the internet can be interfaced with our brains? We'll have de-facto telepathy, and the police state will be able to legislate thoughtcrimes.

Vault-Co: most of us who post here are pretty much on the same page with you when it comes to the decline and deterioration of the West. But what of the technological advances of the past few years? Even if the 'kwa regresses, discoveries made will never be forgotten. Just look at 3D printing technology.

And consider that crime has been on a steady decline, at least when compared to 30 years ago. My theory is that much of the underclass would rather stay home and play video games, surf the internet, than go out and cause mischief. We hear old people complain that kids would rather text than play outside, but the upside is that the rate of unwanted teen pregnancies is going down.

I might be full of s___, and perhaps I've read too many Kurzweilian techno-optimist pieces lately. But if the Holodeck ever becomes reality in our lifetimes, we can amuse society's derelicts quite literally to death. But then normal people would get sucked into it too.

hitfan said...

But then, the parasites are getting so numerous that they might even overwhelm the system so much, that no technology will be able to keep up anyway. Especially when there is social collapse.

Hopefully whatever society rises from the ashes of the collapse will be able to make use of previously-acquired knowledge.

Texas Arcane said...

You nailed the biggest challenge to reform right there.

It is difficult to decentralize and use superior adaptive technology when the central government fails if by failing it creates a huge roaming gang of subhuman cannibals scouring the countryside for human flesh. It makes getting your local community straightened out that much harder. The Romans retreated to their villas and often enjoyed as good or better a standard of living after the collapse of Rome but they did not have millions of armed enrichers assailing their outer walls. To say there is a lot of dross to suffer after the collapse is the understatement of the century. Imagine a place like Britain with one million chavs raised on cradle-to-grave welfare. That's one crazy environment when the central government falls apart. Nothing in the collapse of Rome can possible compare.

hitfan said...

My brief optimistic hope that we'll be able to plug all of society's undesirables into the Matrix aside, I suspect the future reality is closer to Vault-Co's "feel good Frank Capra version" description of how social collapse will pan out.

To keep the country functional as it is right now, the US has a trillion dollar deficit. As much as I am a fan of balanced budgets, I think that cutting the deficit would actually make things worse considering the current situation. TARP was created in order to avert a nationwide bongo party.

njartist said...

@hitfan
Vault-Co: most of us who post here are pretty much on the same page with you when it comes to the decline and deterioration of the West. But what of the technological advances of the past few years? Even if the 'kwa regresses, discoveries made will never be forgotten. Just look at 3D printing technology.
Not likely:
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