becomes just another product sold by big media companies, it become more
of a commodity, more entertainment-based, and dumbed-down."
James Fallows, The New York Review of Books,MORE OF QUOTE
November 16, 2000, pp 28-31
see somebody doing something we know is wrong.
Perhaps it's something they're doing with one of their new high-tech toys--like
their VCR which they obviously don't know how to program or how to set
(It's been flashing "12:00" ever since they bought
it three months ago.) Perhaps it's one of those mind-twister
puzzles, and they haven't yet discovered the answer (and
we have). If you teach science you see your students making
mistake after mistake because they simply haven't yet seen those simple
but subtle principles that are the basis of the science of the past several
But perhaps it's something more serious. Like a Secretary of Defense who declares, "We have to kill as many of them as we can because they don't respect human life."
These are not things that are "merely personal opinion" in a universe of ideas all of which are equally valid. They are not things driven by wishful thinking: indeed we may wish that what we see were not so. They are messages from Mother Nature,
The old girl has set some traps.
We see that somebody is ignoring too much of what they must not ignore...they
are oversimplifying. They are falling into the traps
||Intelligence: Information processing skills: tensor-like|
||Parameter: Mathematically defined variable or constant|
|Rank: Position on a line||
||Rank: Position in a multidimension space|
|Justice: Retribution and revenge||
||Justice: Mutually reciprocal fariness|
|Human rights: My rights||
||Human rights: Everybody's rights|
|Terrorism: An attack on America||
||Terrorism: An attack on humanity|
How can we recognize the
people who have succombed to this terrible