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Originally posted by ironjasper
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!
I think the idea is that I dont get my knowlege from the television. I get much of my knowlege from doing and being taught by others. Not movies and television. Also from reading and then understanding the concept....then going on to put it to use...in the field. Actually put it to use.
Like opening a book and modifying a piece of equipment. Overhauling a engine. Putting a ship in a bottle. Wiring a piece of equipment. Building your own fishing rod.
Teaching ones self morse code. Building an antenna. Repairing a television set. Teaching ones self to hang siding on ones home.
Lots of things you can learn by doing or by reading and then doing ..not by watching. Sooner or later you learn to do ..not just watch others and complain because someone else is not doing it for you and flashdancing you through lifes hurdles.
Yes I agree ..you must eventually put it to use. Thinkers and doers verses slackers..precisely.
I sometimes read book or biographys about these people who came long before us who built machines and tools which today are mass produced by other machines. They did this by hand ..begining to end. What a bunch of dudes to have thought this up and then built it ..even in what today we would think of as crude beginings...but they did it ..they were pioneers.
What minds..what spirit...they didnt quit..they kept at it ..often for years and years. Amazing what you read about them.
I just bought a flux core welding machine. I dont know how to use it well but will eventually purchase books and teach myself and also when I get off this hectic work schedule I plan to take night school classes in learning to weld.
THis knowlege or ability does not make one better than others ..it does however make one different.
I agree TV is not the best choice for obtaining knowlege. I think it is a very poor choice...for just about everything.
My main point is that I know a number of people who cannot describe any personal experiences except in terms of some movie or television experience they have observed in others. Their morality is someone elses...their thinking and emotions are someone elses. Or to put it another way they are on the puppet strings and dont know it. They have no real life experiences outside of watching someone else on a screen. Understand now??
Ever watch some of these people closely...if they dont have a television or video to watch it is like someone took away thier drugs...they go into withdrawl. Amazing. They dont know what to do with themselves.
This makes one aware of how many people live second hand like this. No original thinking going on in their brains.
I will still not be watching the game on Sunday. Just my preference. I am glad others will be doing so. It leaves me uncrowded time at the stores doing the grocery shopping I have been putting off for sometime now.
Originally posted by ironjasper
This whole thread cracks me up though..... I know some of the people are just getting on our (Americans) case, but some of them seem to think that because of this video or because their friends said so, that most Americans are idiots.
In my opinion, intelligence is not a measure of how many facts a person knows. Rather, it's the ability to understand and learn new things, and solve problems. It's the ability to connect a concept to other concepts in order to "see" how they all fit together.
Originally posted by LostSailor
Ummm... I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with any of you. But, to me, your paradise of intelligent intellectual boring people... Would... Well... Be boring!
What's wrong with a teenage girl idolizing a pop star?
If you aren't interested in science... Does that make you dumb?
When I go out with my friends... i don't want to talk about the latest scientific results from some under-sexed, over-brained, nerd!!!
Who says the information that I know is more important than the info you know? If the info that i know is more important... That makes me smarter than you right? I don't get it..........
Originally posted by Lysergic
Oh my this video just proves the entire earth is superior to the USA.
ps: Thanks for making my sneakers.