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  •  White Hockey Mom Smarter Than Mulatto Professor (4+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, shoeless, ichibon, Larsstephens

    Because learning a bunch of stuff from fancy books just isn't the same as being smart!

    www.dailykos.com/story/2010/02/11/834906/-Who-s-Smarter-The-Professor-Or-The-Hockey-Mom

    (They) have been schooled in the course of many centuries. Today he passes as 'smart,' and this in a certain sense he has been at all times. But his intelligence is not the result of his own development, but of visual instruction through foreigners. For the human mind cannot climb to the top without steps; for every step upward he needs the foundation of the past, and this in the comprehensive sense in which it can be revealed only in general culture. All thinking is based only in small part on man's own knowledge, and mostly on the experience of the -time that has preceded. The general cultural level provides the individual man, without his noticing it as a rule, with such a profusion of preliminary knowledge that, thus armed, he can more easily take further steps of his own. The boy of today, for example, grows up among a truly vast number of technical acquisitions of the last centuries, so that he takes for granted and no longer pays attention to much that a hundred years ago was a riddle to even the greatest minds, although for following and understanding our progress in the field in question it is of decisive importance to him. If a very genius from the twenties of the past century should suddenly leave his grave today, it would be harder for him even intellectually to find his way in the present era than for an average boy of fifteen today. For he would lack all the infinite preliminary education which our present contemporary unconsciously, so to speak, assimilates while growing up amidst the manifestations of our present general civilization.
    -Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed May 29, 2013 at 09:10:28 AM PDT

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