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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I remember sitting on a train on the outskirts of Dresden.
I got into the wrong seat by mistake, and the conductor came through and very publically told me
'' You have taken the wrong seat, please get up and move ''
I stood up, grabbed my bag shook my head and said
'' stupid americanz..... ''
Everyone on the train laughed!
Originally posted by phoenixhasrisin
There is nothing to be done about it, that's the great thing about America. Who am I to tell people to be more intelligent? Or are you suggesting that we all report for re-education?
it takes a while to forget about your favorite programs, but you do need to fill in that time.
Originally posted by MicheleLee
I have considered removing the TV's from our home as a positive experiment for a certain amount of time to see the results in a few select areas. I know it will be a major adjustment, but it’s an experiment I would like to try. I just might do this soon ... If I do I will post my results someday.
Originally posted by Cocker
It would be prudent to have an exam before qualifying to vote, the world would be a far safer place.
originally posted by xbadger
The original video that started this thread was an Australian broadcast.
Originally posted by sky1
but it's amazing to me that ANYONE would ponder the question "What country begins with U"? This is basic, basic knowledge. Utah!?!?!?
Originally posted by Soitenly
We won the war, that's all that matters.
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Uh Oh the secrets out. While America has some of the worlds finest minds it also supports some of the worlds dumbest people. I'd say with or with out editing most of the people in that mockumentry were almost as dumb as the people that made it onto the final edit.
The average american is unbelievably dumb. No offense, and I'm an American. Don't get me wrong though. Like I said, some of the worlds finest intellect live here, unfortunantly we have created a system with so much excess that people can cheat natural selection and survive from day to day and not get themselves killed, which they would have if they live elsewhere.
Not comparing us to say some african pygmies living in the Ituri Forest out beyond the Congo who's population on average think that Tucans are mytical avitars of dieties or something (I made this last bit up) but compared to most of high civilization say across the pond, we're pretty collectivly dim.
Originally posted by orangetom1999
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
How many people do you folks know who cannot describe some thought, concept or idea outside of a movie or television program they have watched?? When you see and understand enough of this you realize these people have no real life experiences of thier own. What they know is second hand from someone elses point of view. THey are "Watchers" not thinkers and doers.
When you tie these patterns together this cannot be accidental but deliberate.
The average American knows more about the rubbish coming across the screens in their televisions than about the world around them.
How many will be going way out of thier way to prepare for this weekends bowel game but not for actual thinking??
I will not be watching the superbowel game this weekend. I will be taking advantage of the abscence of people in the stores and on the roads after kick off time to get some much needed shopping done.
So where exactly are you getting your knowledge? Unless you're conducting pioneering research, you too receive almost all of your knowledge second hand!
Where you get your knowledge is less important than what you do with it afterwards. This is what separates thinkers from slackers.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, and generally the TV is not regarded as the best choice for obtaining knowledge.
In terms of the Superbowel........ I'll be watching Sunday, I love football. If this, in your opinion, makes me less of an intellectual then perhaps you may want to consider getting a life. Have fun shopping!
Originally posted by racerzeke
but these people are successful, i would rather have my kids idolizing someone who is wealthy than some bum on the street
Originally posted by mazzroth
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
How else can you explain something that most people have, or in the case of physics, will never expierence?
Well reading is the first step, then learn how to spell and then you may get some EXPERIENCE.
[edit on 25-1-2007 by mazzroth]