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Any questions? Self-explanatory and highlights the reason why America has fallen behind our European brethren in science and math...the "dumbing down" of American society as I term it..
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TED Talk: Carolyn Porco Flies Us To Saturn
"Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice."
Now, here is a person who inspires me, encourages me to pay attention and to think. Can't find a better way to spend 18 minutes!
I have no idea who the young woman is, and I see nothing that makes me want to know more. Carl, on the other hand, evokes images and ideas that motivate and inspire me. To be unimpressed by celebrity is not necessarily a judgment call, it is a description of my reaction. A civilization that confuses entertainment for news is highly likely to create a society not worth having.
Am I judgmental? Absolutely! Am I discerning? Of course! Is that a virtue or a vice?
Nothing personal, Loren, but I had absolutely NO clue who the female was, until you mentioned her name. And, while I now know her name, I still have no clue as to the significance, other than she's apparently some celebrity wanna be.
I dare say you could have replaced her photo with some NFL, NBA, or MLB persona, and the result would be the same. In Rome, it was bread and circuses. In the US, it is football and guacamole, or reality TV and Ben & Jerry's.
I don't like judging people on their (lack of) knowledge in general, so I'm not completely convinced by the "you're what's wrong with the world" remark but I do feel that I can relate somewhat to the frustration that people know so much about contemporary celebrity culture without knowing pretty much anything about our history, science, culture etc. all subjects that I value much higher.
Then again, I'm as fashionable as lederhosen so my world is far removed from the world of Snooky, Heidi, Kim and companions.
Actually, I BARELY know who Kim Kardashian [sp?] is or what she's done. Her repeated appearance on the covers of magazines is the ONLY reason I know who she is at all.
I mentioned Carl to a quartet of Jehovah's Witnesses a year and a bit ago when they came to my door, and not one of THEM knew who HE was.
I don't know who the second person is, but she bumped her head a bit too much, methinks.
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