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    The Susceptible Mind

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    Great great great!!! what a wonderful article.

    Best quote:
    "Deprived of critical faculties, the susceptible mind has no intellectual self-defense against the neurotic distortions he finds online"

    Too many people are living vicariously thorough you-tube channels... devoid of any serious reading.

    “So next time you hear a raving demagogue counseling hatred for other, slightly different groups of humans, for a moment at least see if you can understand his problem: He is heeding an ancient call that—however dangerous, obsolete, and maladaptive it may be today—once benefitted our species.”
    ― Carl Sagan
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    I remember in my day it was school.

    Nothing gets you into more trouble than disagreeing with teachers about them telling you the wrong facts on a subject. :-)

    College was a little better, as the entire class got to tell the tutor they was wrong !

    And university, well, they didn't actually teach you much there, as you was rather left to your own devices to discover stuff.

    And the world of work, where theory meets practice, it quickly helps you figure out what the truth is about many things, the hard way.

    Then you get made redundant, and experience the joys of homelessness, where you learn the truth about poverty.

    We'll skip past the bit about relationships, where you learn folk say anything to get what they want, and promises are worth nothing.
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    Definitely describes one of the worrying parts of the Internets.

    With all the meaningful information out there on the Web. Sadly there seems to be probably even more Insignificant information out there for people to Drown in. And people be Drowning no doubt about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL9000 View Post
    Too many people are living vicariously thorough you-tube channels... devoid of any serious reading.
    I think that would be better stated as "serious learning" as in digging and struggling to find the truth. Reading can be merely absorbing meaningless poppycock.

    I went through a phase were I listened to Ann Coulter and stumbled into her saying how much smarter Bill Maher would be if he read books. I immediately thought of you, but I lost the video where she said that and can't find it again for the life of me. I'm sure if anyone is in doubt, simply asking one of them on their twitter account would clear it up.

    So, yeah, people can be smart without having a passion for reading and vice versa. The passion for learning leads to enlightenment and reading isn't the only path to get there.

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    I think you can Learn from both but I guess the Internet is taking over more of their(our) time. I enjoy Books because they get me away from the Computer Screen which can be real distracting & time-wasting.
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    I've got a list of books that I sent to Ann Coulter (and a few others) to read a few years ago, and feel the same list would allow some 'learning' to take place around this place too....but I think doing so would not only require much READING, but it would also likely upset their apple carts too much....

    In learning/educating I discovered a long time ago that some folks are simply satisfied just to hit a certain plateau and call it a day....like as if High School or College offered 'everything' that's ever been available to know...these are the folks who know every name of the football team, but can't name the three branches of Government...:roll eyes:

    I also think this phenomena describes the majority of Humans on this planet...who after generations of 'disguised' slavery grow too weary, bored or GREEDY to learn much of anything beyond a certain point.....so if any READING is done, its generally following a specific THEME.....or ideology.....or just the Sport Pages....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SophicDrippins View Post

    So, yeah, people can be smart without having a passion for reading and vice versa. The passion for learning leads to enlightenment and reading isn't the only path to get there.
    Indeed, reading is only a recent phenomenon for most of our history we were listening to audio books - elders talking and telling stories in the cave or next to the fire.
    Even more important we were learning by doing stuff.... you can't beat that.

    Still, one must question though if looking at a screen and living vicariously through you-tube channels can lead to serious learning. i really doubt that
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL9000 View Post
    Indeed, reading is only a recent phenomenon for most of our history we were listening to audio books - elders talking and telling stories in the cave or next to the fire.
    Even more important we were learning by doing stuff.... you can't beat that.

    Still, one must question though if looking at a screen and living vicariously through you-tube channels can lead to serious learning. i really doubt that
    It isn't that reading is bad, but that reading is relatively slow and inefficient. That is the principle reason we have teachers and professors giving lectures instead of just issuing a textbook with a smack on the hiney saying, "get to it!"

    Who is living vicariously through youtube? Seems like you may be overgeneralizing. I'll put on a youtube video and then do something else while listening. Not only am I learning much more efficiently without having to wade through pages and pages of blather, but I don't need to focus my time exclusively on doing so. If I discover a topic is interesting, I can always pause the video and research that particular point.

    The problem now is that I've run out of videos to listen to

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    There is a part of truth in this article, that's all I had to say.

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