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May 17 2013

Why things are the way they are

The late great George Carlin tells it like it is. (Language advisory)

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  1. 1
    machintelligence

    The evolutionary answer: things are the way they are because they got that way.

  2. 2
    steve oberski

    The cultural answer: things are the way they are because we let them get that way.

  3. 3
    Rain

    I always had trouble liking George Carlin, because he was always so angry. Although sadly not wrong about things very often.

  4. 4
    Tyle

    I am reading a book of this same title, by Chandrasekhar. It is not about politics though, rather it is a layman’s tour of solid state physics which explains the origin of various material properties. :)

  5. 5
    M can help you with that.

    Also: we let them get that way because we let them get that way.

  6. 6
    kyoseki

    It’s generally my experience that the more attention you pay, the angrier you get.

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    Mano Singham

    Yes, I have that book too. He used to be a faculty member at my university but left before I arrived and so I never met him.

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    birgerjohansson

    Ah, Chandra Sekhar, the guy with The Limit.
    He was also on the verge of predicting black holes but his professor, wossname, told him off because he found the concept of objects with an escape velocity exceeding C ridicilous.
    Nominally from Pakistan his work is at contrast with the current extreme intellectual non-freedom of that place.
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    kyoseki:
    “It’s generally my experience that the more attention you pay, the angrier you get.”

    Which is why the system loves low-information voters.
    “The Achievement Gap in US Education” sounds like a recipy for today’s USA, politically and culturally. Not a bug but a feature.

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    Mano Singham

    No, the author of this book is B. S. Chandrasekhar, also a physicist but different from the Nobel-prize winning physicist S. Chandrasekhar. The latter was at the University of Chicago.

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