Training to be Stupid

Smashing day. I made it to park for constitutional but the rain was so nasty that I caved halfway through its wanted length. And I am still shivering a bit as I key. Of course part of that is FD SCP insisting, rightly!, that we not flip the thermostat from lowering to highing since the warmth is supposed to return today for at least the week.

I have to admit to disliking this period of the year. It mostly has to do with the master bathroom. This uncertainty period is a foretelling of winter conditions. One awakens and goes to bathroom to perform ablutions and lavations. It is cold. Yes, I know cold is a sensation but I can assure you that to SCP the bathroom is uniformly cold starting now and stretching into late spring. Cold and damp unto moldy feeling. I am reminded of my paternal grandparents’ basement where they kept home “canned” foods and grew, undesiringly, mold in great abundance. Rather the feeling of an effective but poorly done horror movie of the ’50’s. Of course much of that latter is redundant.

I try to abate the cold by using an electric “heater”. Why do all such convert electric potential to waste heat with an acoustic component? There has been an argument in STEM circles for years about whether this process is completely efficient or completely inefficient. Is the conversion to ordered electron potential different to disordered heat the ultimate in efficiency or inefficiency/ That depends on whether you are interested in conserving order or being warm. I, on the other hand, muse on the matter of the noise. Why is it? This tends to put me in a no-man’s land because I consider the process purely efficient – since efficiency depends on the desired result, which is warmth – except for the inefficiency (?) of the noise. 

Speaking of which, one of my colleagues, Magnetic Inductance Force, sent me a link [Link] to a TIME article written by a basketball player of Mohammedan persuasion. Given the density of religionist terrorism these days, I was pleased that the article was pro-rationality, at least from my perspective. The thesis is well expressed by a quote:

“Yet there seems to be a growing belief among college students, and some fearful parents, that being exposed to anything that challenges the comfort zone of beliefs might infringe on their rights.”

I quite understand this, living in the old Confederacy/ Insecurity is a mental cancer of Kudzuian proportion. It is well known that one of the primary causes of the fervor of evangelism (a form of religionist terrorism widely practiced in the Sowth by Protestants, so called because if you protest against their ranting they will try to discorporate you. It’s the Southron Christianist version of beheading,) is that the adherents of the particular denominations/heresies/delusions are insanely fearful of being exposed to any rationality or contrary information. In their minds the “word of deity” is unchallengable and any challenge must be negated. At whatever cost. Mostly to its source. Trying to have a rational discussion about religion with any of these people puts one at grave personal risk. Which is why such discussions are avoided. 

The problem is that these folks have to educate (so to speak) their children or themselves. The evil government (redundant in their view) makes them send children to schule or home schule and the Yankee government demands some standards that are in direct and dire conflict with their religionist dogmas. Further, if they and their children are ever to work as anything other than rubbish collectors then they have to have some education beyond high schule.

Pray note that I use the term education here aliterally. There is scant education any more. It happens in spite of the schules and increasingly, the colleges and universities. What they are really receiving is, in the main, training. In the public schules that training is uniformly and exclusively directed towards the questions that will be asked on the YG’s standardized examinations that cannily determine the pay of the “teachers” in these schules. And much of it violates these people’s “beliefs”, like the chattel nature of women and the evil of fluoridation and abortion and contraception. 

But rather than examining that information they are exposed to in a rational fashion, they respond by denial (yes, just like politicians who are often their role models,) and violence, either physical or social, if not both. 

And that’s why we are becoming a third world nation-state. 

The basketball player decries this and well. A good read. Better than this blot. Kudos to him.

Education is what occurs in spite of the teachers.

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