Excellent idea. I've always thought a similar test should be applied to the right to vote in America. But alas, it would be so far removed from the
aristocracy that we've all come to love so dearly that I'm sure the idea would never get out the door. Heaven forbid the educated class take control
of the country from the elite and wealthy classes.- The sick jaded frightened boy that hides behind my belligerence.
In all seriousness though, I think it's a neat idea and, should there be a need for one, I would volunteer to be a test monkey for this system.
Kidfinger, you're right, there is a lack of maturity on this board. No doubt it's because I and so many others here are young and immature. HOWEVER,
I do try. And you have to admit, sometimes when you have no hope of reaching someone on the board, baiting them (at least civilly) can be fun. If you
can't admit that, then I'll admit that I'm immature and you're not.
Jakko and DontTreadOnMe, you two make valid arguments. ATS is, after all, a discussion board. By definition, we need to take opposing veiw points in
order to have a discussion, right? I think that the actual issue, though, is that people seem to sometimes take sides based on personal biases (I know
I do), loyalties to certain groups, and questionable information as opposed to making well informed decisions and arguments (or have I missed the
point completely?). Do you two believe that there is no problem at all with this, or that there is a problem and what Sofi has suggested may not be
the best solution? If the latter, do either of you have any ideas on how to solve alleged unfairness on ATS or its affiliated discussion boards?
Perhaps at least some sort of necessity for sources to back up certain claims?
Sofi, once again you demonstrate an uncanny ability to think globally and act locally. If only there were people like you in office *sigh*. Hey, I
study philosophy too but lassus, only at a city college (number 1 in transfers to UCLA though!).
I'm wondering if the "smart" people who pass your theoretical test won't still, at least underhandedly, use their abilities to a devious end?
Also, at what point does one who knows logic stop having a difference of opinion with someone and start arguing unfairly? It's not that I don't
believe it happens, I just might not be as good as spotting it. Could you refer me to a thread (U2U it if you don't want to point fingers)? Would
this test cause a devide between those who've earned a title and those who haven't?
I have to admit, I think you may be on to something, but I don't know if another form of labeling or denial of privleges is the answer. Do you have
any alternative ideas? The arrogant rebel in me is the kind of person that would refuse to be educated or tested and would proudly display the title
of "measly member" to either show disapproval or apathy. The egotistical brat in me would want to be the first to take the test so I could point out
to everyone exactly how much better I am than everyone else. It would depend on my mood come decision time. There's a bunch of board politics that I
find rediculous. Though I don't think that your particular idea is rediculous but I take solice in the fact that, should this board disapoint me, I
could disappear from it and never have to deal with it again. Do you get my point or am I red-eye rambling again?
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