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Originally posted by iSHRED
"Stephen Hawking is completely brain dead and TPTB put words through his voice generator."
I couldn't stop laughing.
many people discover subjects new to them on ATS. But I have never – I mean this – seen a truly original idea expressed in these forums. Genuinely new ideas are very rare, you know. One a lifetime is more than most people could possibly manage.
As to the new subjects people learn about here, their value is debatable. Mostly they are just pop-culture confabulations. And for every genuine piece of information one gleans from ATS, there is a trash-heap of misinformation (errors, agenda-driven distortions and downright fairytales) one is obliged to sift through.
Good entertainment is often educational. The science fiction I read in my teens taught me a lot and has helped shape who I am. But it was produced and marketed as entertainment, and it is as entertainment that I consumed it. I don’t believe ATS is anything like as educational, or as benign, as the SF I read as a teenager. Indeed, much of what is discussed here consists of poorly-digested science-fiction tropes that have since become embedded in popular culture. The cutting-edge ideas bandied about on ATS are about half a century out of date.