cj#246/ANALYSIS> Lowry: role of intelligence

1995-07-22

Richard Moore

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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 00:01:39 -0700
Sender: •••@••.••• (John Lowry)
Subject: Re: cj.241 re: Global Emergency (long)

>...
>...
>Perhaps reaching consensus on 20th Century history is too much to ask, but
>if we have some common ground of understanding, we'll be able to talk about
>current events such as Bosnia and the rape of Eastern Europe by western
>capital in a more intelligent light.
>                  ^^^^^^^^^^^
>-rkm
>
I am also in my 50's, and I believe that our cohort group suffers a
misidentification of intelligence.  Indeed, in recent years I have come to
these conclusions: reason is a parlor game; culture is an hypnotic trance;
society is an exercise in dominance and submission.  Nearly everyone I tell
this to quickly agrees on the third point, but I have a harder time
convincing them that that is an inevitable consequence of the first two.  It
is especially difficult to consider the notion that we are not as
intelligent as we think we are, and that our methods for understanding the
world don't work very well, if effectiveness is measured by results.  I
conclude my own analysis of the current situation with an old Zionist
saying, "the person who does not believe in miracles is not a realist."

jl

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Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 00:00:14 -0700
Sender: •••@••.••• (John Lowry)
Subject: Re: cj#243> ... New Media vs. Old Media

We are going through a transition in our system of authority.  The media
reflect this.

An authority is either someone with a steady supply of good answers, or
someone with power over you.  We hope we have arranged things so that the
two generally coincide but, fact is, the system's broken.

A system of authority rests on a system of education which rests on a
university system which, in our case, has made some fundamental error.  IMO,
that error is in the identification of intelligence.  The consequense of
this error is that we have not selected the best and brightest to be in
charge.  Instead, those with the longest and weightiest arguments dominate.
Might makes right.  But "you can't fool all the poeple all the time," and
their performance is showing.

So we are in a corrective phase ....


John Lowry

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