‘A Misplaced Faith’ (2015)

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It probably got here through a time portal.

Remember the guy in Pensacola who drove his car into a store–no, actually it was two stores: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again–in an attempt, he said, to drive through “a time portal”? (https://leeduigon.com/2015/12/26/a-misplaced-faith/)

There’s ample evidence that many people no longer know the difference between science and science fiction. No one has ever seen a time portal. Except when you see one in a science fiction movie.

The magnitude of the failure of our education system–the biggest, costliest, and most comprehensive education system in all of human history–is a terrifying thing to contemplate.


9 comments on “‘A Misplaced Faith’ (2015)

  1. This is a concern I’ve had for some time now. People have become so engrossed in Sci Fi that they don’t realize that it is fiction. In my lifetime; mostly within the last 20 years, I’ve seen our society regress into superstition and a bizarre fantasy state for which I have no explanation.

  2. Absolutely right. How can we get the government out of it?

    I think the problem really got going when teachers were allowed to unionize. Most people probably don’t recall that they couldn’t unionize until a few decades ago. I don’t remember exactly when, but I have noticed it been all downhill from there.

    1. We can’t get the government out of it; that’s the problem. Once it’s entrenched, it’s all but impossible to reverse. I was a Federal employee at one time and could not stand the inefficiency of it all. The problem is, every layer of inefficiency was added as a solution to correct the situation. By this point in time, you have many layers deep of failed solutions.

    2. Ah, the layers of “efficiency.” At one AF base where I was stationed, the Base Commander grew irritated at how hard it was to get hold of his squadron commanders and agency chiefs when he wanted them, because they were always at some committee meeting or other. We had too d*** many committees, he insisted. So — and I’m sure you know what’s coming next — he formed a committee to look into the problem.

      I’m not making this up. I almost wound up on that committee.

    3. Exactly. It’s like the old practice of bloodletting. The patient gets sicker from lack of blood and the only solution they can think of is more bloodletting.

      I am currently a non-management IT worker and have to attend at least three meetings every week. Fortunately, the company I work for has a corporate culture which sees the value of keeping meetings short and some of these meetings are only 10-20 minutes long.

      IT is an unusual field, in that the work/recreation boundary is blurry, at best. It’s my day off and I’m tired as heck; so I’m spending a leisurely Saturday programming my home lab network, which is more complex than the network where I work. If a call came in from work asking me to respond to an emergency, the only thing different would be the pressure to complete the task. Either way, I’d be doing the same thing.

  3. Kind of reminds me of medical care. They “treat” you for a perceived problem, but soon find that the treatment is causing so many side effects that require treatment with other meds to correct those problems, and in a chain of events, well… it soon becomes a MAJOR problem which weakens the patient beyond their ability to make corrections.

    1. That’s pretty much what happened to my (step)father. When people ask me what he died of, I usually say, “doctors.”

  4. “There’s ample evidence that many people no longer know the difference between science and science fiction.” I’m afraid you are right…

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