Wednesday, December 17, 2014

REDUX: dangerous scumbag deconstruction - master class REDUX (originally posted 3/27/13 )

shameproject | Author of The Bell Curve; Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Charles Murray is one of the most influential right-wing ideological architects of the post-Reagan era. His career began in a secret Pentagon counterinsurgency operation in rural Thailand during the Vietnam War, a program whose stated purpose included applying counter-insurgency strategies learned in rural Thailand on America's own restive inner cities and minority populations. By the late 1970s, Charles Murray was drawing up plans for the US Justice Department that called for massively increasing incarceration rates. In the 1980s, backed by an unprecedented marketing campaign, Murray suddenly emerged as the nation's most powerful advocate for abolishing welfare programs for single mothers. Since then, Murray revived discredited racist eugenics theories "proving" that blacks and Latinos are genetically inferior to whites, and today argues that the lower classes are inferior to the upper classes due to breeding differences.


CNu said...

No quarter Uncle John. Did you peep his shameproject CV? This muhukkah is an architect of the war on black folks in America.

Biggg Donnn said...

Testing 1, 2, 3

Uglyblackjohn said...

Yeah, I read it and then laughed at Rushton's belief that a smaller penis = a larger brain. I guess that explains Little Don.

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umbrarchist said...

I bought The Bell Curve and read most of it. I mostly laughed.

So doesn't a mind war mean influencing minds? So how do we get what ideas into kids heads? What books are they exposed to at an early age? I admit to being prejudiced. Science fiction exposed me to ideas that plenty of people did not get until college, if then. But college made them more complicated than necessary while SF writers had to fit them into stories which made them self explanatory.

Black Man's Burden (1961) by Mack Reynolds

Subversive (1962) by Reynolds Mack

Cost of Living (1952) by Robert Sheckley

Tom said...


CNu said...

So the first thing is realization that books have dire competition in the current cognitive ecology. However you package ideas and concepts now, it's necessary for that packaging to be fun and interesting.

Second, access has to be self-service and ergodic.

Third, presentation has to have the butt-sniffing addictive appeal of facebook. So, I'm thinking observational learning where younger kids look to compelling older kids to model the concepts and drive the presentation.

Fourth, realtime communication/collaboration like social media has to be baked in.

umbrarchist said...

"However you package ideas and concepts now, it's necessary for that packaging to be fun and interesting."

I remember getting up in the morning to go to school in 3rd grade wondering how I would get through another BORING day of school. After I started reading science fiction that stopped being a problem. I could quietly sit in my seat and think about something completely different from what the teacher was talking about.

School did not provide enough interesting information and ideas to think about. The trouble is so much junk called science fiction today doesn't provide anything to think about either. It has been invaded by literary people who think they are "writers" and look down their noses at science anyway.

And yeah I don't expect my prescription to apply to every kid. But I didn't have audio books that I could play on a tablet either.

Star Surgeon (1959) by Alan E. Nourse

CNu said...

It's not simply that you loved science and had an active romance with your imagination, if that was the totality of the issue, we could take your prescriptions and go guns. No, the bottomline is that a generation + of children have grown up in a dramatically richer cognitive environment and in consequence of that fact, the comparatively austere environment of the classroom and of the book seems directly punitive.

Most of the teachers still occupying classroom space also grew up in our more austere cognitive environment, and the overwhelming majority of these are not technophiles. In fact, they're fighting the integration of technology into their methods, because they're lazy creatures of habit who don't want to live up to the standards of the cognitive stretch they'd instantly profess they're trying to induce their students to take. There is no deadlier mind-killer than a teacher who him/herself refuses to continuously stretch and grow.

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