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Re: "Dinosaurs don't count"
In a message dated 4/21/99 9:31:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< In human societies, the term "important" is tightly intertwined with
increase," because the >most important thing< to the >vast majority< of
humans is how wealthy they are, that is, how powerful they are relative to
other humans that they might encounter and how free their wealth may make
them from the "daily grind." >>
What is more important to a species than what encourages or discourages
survival? Your definition exaggerates because it assumes superfluity is most
desired. Most parents want their kids to be happy and eventually able to
support themselves. The computer is currently the magic bullet: if you want
to earn a living learn computers. (Like most magic bullets, this one will
probably shatter: I expect much programming will be done by computer on
request of someone who lays out the logic, by voice.) If dinosaurs were a
viable option for many as a career path, that would lead to intense
seriousness. Because not too many people can earn their living by studying
dinosaurs, they become part of happiness/leisure. In that sense, the
Jurassic Park movies are good for business, because they increase the number
of people (in making movies, anyway) who can be paid for knowledge of
Tough to fault people for a reasonable attitude about the next generation.
My problem is with those who don't understand the reason for higher education
itself, aside from job training. Problem solving does not come without
training, and the training has to start with what people can comprehend. So,
for example, most people can read. English can be used to teach about
problem solving because the basics (words) are easily comprehensible. There
are other fields where the subject matter is hard AND the logic difficult and
the details numerous, such as paleontology. I don't believe that those are
as easy gateways to an active mind.
I know, spoken like an English major.