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April 13, 2017

Notes for a White Kid in University:An Introduction to the Blindingly Obvious

A white man’s stick hut. We began building these things in 1137.

Euclidean geometry. Parabolic geometry. Hyperbolic geometry. Projective geometry. Differential geometry.
Calculus: Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration. Physical chemistry. Organic chemistry. Biochemistry. Classical mechanics. The indeterminacy principle. The wave equation. The Parthenon. The Anabasis. Air conditioning. Number theory. Romanesque architecture. Gothic architecture. Information theory. Entropy. Enthalpy. Every symphony ever written. Pierre Auguste Renoir. The twelve-tone scale. The mathematics behind it, twelfth root of two and all that. S-p hybrid bonding orbitals. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. The purine-pyrimidine structure of the DNA ladder. Single-sideband radio. All other radio. Dentistry. The internal-combustion engine. Turbojets. Turbofans. Doppler beam-sharpening. Penicillin. Airplanes. Surgery. The mammogram. The Pill. The condom. Polio vaccine. The integrated circuit. The computer. Football. Computational fluid dynamics. Tensors. The Constitution. Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod. Glass. Rubber. Nylon. Skyscrapers. The piano. The harpsichord. Elvis. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. (OK, that’s nerve gas, and maybe we didn’t really need it.) Silicone. The automobile. Really weird stuff, like clathrates, Buckyballs, and rotaxanes. The Bible. Bug spray. Diffie-Hellman, public-key cryptography, and RSA. Et cetera at great length. | Fred On Everything

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 13, 2017 1:51 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And how do we assess for the billions of humans whether their world is becoming a kinder, gentler, more respectful world?
What is the calculus functions' variables and constants defining progress toward the desired objective?
Is there an agreed to objective? If so, what is it? Less serious disease per capita, less malnutrition, less abuse of men, women, and children, less callousness, less deliberate stupidity, ..., more ...?

What are our priorities, our hierarchies of values?

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 13, 2017 6:22 PM

Well Howard, today's idiots for the most part aren't studying anything remotely close to those subjects.
Most are hidden away in their safe spaces awaiting the second coming of Joe Stalin and the Great Socialist Revolution.

A bag of hammers knows more of current events than the current crop of indoctrinates.

There are some who are engaged in actual education; of those one does not hear much. A safe guess is that they are shunned and stay out of sight for their own safety.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at April 14, 2017 3:10 PM

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