MyRandomName: Well that sucks. Unemployed democrats are at the front of policy making then.
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Some of the recent legislation from the House of Representatives sounds like it was made out of tweets and Youtube comments.
Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Well, I guess that explains all the dumb@$$ trolls and alts on the Politics tab...
MurphyMurphy: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Well, I guess that explains all the dumb@$$ trolls and alts on the Politics tab...Your crazy if you don't think a lot of trolls aren't being paid to troll. Though I wouldn't go so far as to say it's as far as a majority (though if it's 1% or 15%, who the hell knows)There is a whole industry around it.They don't stop at buying the representatives, this is how they buy the actual votes.
Ishkur: fts: A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics.No, the reason isn't political, although politics isn't doing it any favors. There is a larger pattern of science illiteracy at play here, and we're starting to see the beginnings of it. People aren't resisting science itself, they are resisting change (in any form, but especially the social implications of technology). They are resisting it because it's happening too fast and too much. Allow me to go on a bit of an aside:Resistance to change is directly proportional to age. Children are sponges for new knowledge and will happily mop up anything presented in front of them. They take to new technologies and foreign languages with ease. But the learning facilities of the brain tend to slow down - or shut down entirely - as people get older. By middle age, most people have settled into a welcomed routine, a comfort zone based on what they know and what works for them. They are set in their ways and any gratuitous level of technological convenience simply means an irritating disruption to their accustomed lifestyle. For an example, look at the way younger generations embrace the internet for news and information while their parents still cling to the morning paper. It's not that old habits die hard, it's that they won't die at all. There is a severe generation gap of technological acquiescence at play here, and it's getting worse.Today, technological progress has accelerated to such an extent that the oldest people alive today were born in a world that did not have radio. And their children were born in a world that did not have television. And their children were born in a world that did not have the internet. And their children are growing up in an entirely different world that, when they become seniors, life will be every bit as strange and incomprehensible to them as it is to today's seniors who can't fathom smart phones or social media (or in this case, internet lotteries).Anyone who's grown up without the latest technology can equally justify living happily without it for the rest of their lives and don't see any reason why they should need it (Fark's aging demographic repulsing Twitter and Facebook is a championship example of this). This is a bad mindset to have, and it is an issue of concern as each succeeding generation renders the previous one technologically deprecated at an accelerate rate. We are at the cusp of a new age that will continuously annihilate tradition whether we like it or not. Eventually, the time may come when any skill learned as a child will be obsolete by the time they enter the workforce. Or before they graduate. Or before they finish the year. Or the semester.Change has always been one of the driving forces of human conflict, but in this day and age what's important is not change itself but the rate of change. There is a maximum limit to the rate of change that can be accepted by society, and any level beyond that is too much for people to process -- they will instinctively reject it without really understanding why. And this is what we've been seeing over the past 30 years with the pushback against evolution, climate change, vaccines, Pluto's demotion as a planet, and any other scientific discovery or finding that threatens their old standard.This is not a new theory. It even has a name: Future Shock, and people have been expounding on it for years.If I had to wager a guess, I would say that Western Civilization is due for a collective nervous breakdown and it's going to happen sometime in the 2030s (people will probably use VCRs as weapons).
Deneb81: I don't think that you'll really see much more of a revolt than you are NOW. The anti-science, anti-knowledge, anti-intellectual elite IS the backlash and it's pretty much been at its height in the US for maybe the last 6 years. But there's signs it isn't stable and passing by.
UrukHaiGuyz: It's kind of interesting to poke through the Farkchives and look for threads on global warming, for instance. You can actually see the consensus change over time, but it takes a ridiculous amount of debunking the same misinformation over and over before shifts in general opinion become apparent.
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If you were looking for a model of growth, look to a series of plateaus with sharply increasing intervals rather than a pure linear approach.
KawaiiNot: Cats rule the world!
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I liked your post, but I believe you're extrapolating a bit on the idea that certain skills or ideas will become more useless at a geometrically or exponential pace
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If you were looking for a model of growth, look to a series of plateaus with sharply increasing intervals rather than a pure linear approach. The worrying strikes me as a bit of a holdover from dystopian future novels rather than a pragmatic concern.
SevenizGud: UrukHaiGuyz: It's kind of interesting to poke through the Farkchives and look for threads on global warming, for instance. You can actually see the consensus change over time, but it takes a ridiculous amount of debunking the same misinformation over and over before shifts in general opinion become apparent.It also helps when it, you know, actually warms...which it hasn't for 15+ years now.
Ishkur: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I liked your post, but I believe you're extrapolating a bit on the idea that certain skills or ideas will become more useless at a geometrically or exponential paceDid you learn cursive handwriting in grade school?...and how often have you used it since then?
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