posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 11:09 AM
Originally posted by HowardRoark
did you know that test questions that deal with subjects like mountains or sea shores are not used because they migh make a student who does not live
by a mountain or a seashore somehow feel inadequate?
howard! we agree on something! one of the biggest problems in our north american society is making the best and brightest conform to the standards
of the worst and dullest. 'fairness' and 'equity' have flipped into their opposites.
they have standards for everything. standards are seen as some kind of ideal benchmark, when in fact, they are setting a ceiling which cannot be
i will extrapolate, and say that i think this goes beyond language and into MOST fields of study. as people become engrossed in the details of their
field, they tend to lose sight of the big picture. i.e. the absent minded professor. ask an accountant where money comes from(it comes from people,
for those of you who don't know. people ARE money). ask a biologist about hostile takeovers. ask a rocket scientist to recognise the body language
of an official being offered a bribe. ask a news anchor anything. vaccuous bunch, those are.
i saw a show with alan alda, where he interviewed this guy at MIT who was building a wearable computer. it could be hooked into a network, and the
screen(glasses, like a HUD), would bring up floor plans of the building, and identify people by their i.d. tags, bringing up information about them,
like name, rank, employee number, etc.
the designer was clearly brilliant. if he was less myopic, he would know that he is building big brother police state technology.