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Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:04 PM
Anyone else, or is it just me? I'm not talking about spending too much time on here and the internet, but in terms of actual discussions with my friends.
Common topics of discussions here seem to be way over the heads of almost all my friends. I really don't understand it.
The other night I had some friends over, and we started talking about religion. Two of my friends who are seniors at Boston University and one who is a junior at Boston College didn't even know what atheism was. Then they tried to tell me there is no such thing as atheism after I explained it because they said there is no such thing as a belief in nothing......
The topic moved on from there to the creation of the universe and evolution. They didn't even know anything about the Big Bang. When it came to evolution, yeah they believed in it, but they had no knowledge of it, and couldn't seem to grasp the concepts. They started talking about how they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....

We talked about politics and they didn't even know about major events happening in the world today. They had never even heard of what's happening in Honduras. They don't understand anything about the bailouts, they didn't know anything about monetary policy....


It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.

Devian
07-25-2009, 06:05 PM
You got some cliffs?

blananana4
07-25-2009, 06:05 PM
they are just particularly ignorant people I guess, talk about sports and shiit I suppose.

...Rousseau...
07-25-2009, 06:08 PM
bring them to the R/P. the internet is such a powerful tool for spreading knowledge and most people use it for myspace and porn.

newgene
07-25-2009, 06:14 PM
They're over the heads of many of the posters in the R/P, as well. It just doesn't stop them from posting. :D

Harbinger
07-25-2009, 06:16 PM
Anyone else, or is it just me? I'm not talking about spending too much time on here and the internet, but in terms of actual discussions with my friends.
Common topics of discussions here seem to be way over the heads of almost all my friends. I really don't understand it.
The other night I had some friends over, and we started talking about religion. Two of my friends who are seniors at Boston University and one who is a junior at Boston College didn't even know what atheism was. Then they tried to tell me there is no such thing as atheism after I explained it because they said there is no such thing as a belief in nothing......
The topic moved on from there to the creation of the universe and evolution. They didn't even know anything about the Big Bang. When it came to evolution, yeah they believed in it, but they had no knowledge of it, and couldn't seem to grasp the concepts. They started talking about how they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....

We talked about politics and they didn't even know about major events happening in the world today. They had never even heard of what's happening in Honduras. They don't understand anything about the bailouts, they didn't know anything about monetary policy....


It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.

Humans are still evolving.

Mental don't send kids to school in Boston....

jmonty
07-25-2009, 06:17 PM
They're over the heads of many of the posters in the R/P, as well. It just doesn't stop them from posting. :D

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Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:19 PM
They're over the heads of many of the posters in the R/P, as well. It just doesn't stop them from posting. :D

Haha. Oh yeah that's true for sure.

I just feel like the R/P has caused me to do so much reading and research of my own. I've read countless books on politics, economics, philosophy, science, etc. because of posts I've read here.

I find it kind of sad that I've managed to learn more because of an internet forum than people who have gone to a couple of the top colleges in the country.

Now I'm not saying I'm more intelligent than they are, most likely I'm not, afterall I didn't get into those schools, but I think it's sad that I'm more knowledgeable than they are. I'd really like to see what these schools are teaching.

Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:21 PM
Humans are still evolving.

Mental don't send kids to school in Boston....

I said that. The reply I got was "Well I mean you think if people were still evolving there would like, changes everyone noticed. Like wouldn't doctors notice that like a babies ears were gradually changing or something?"

I'll reiterate again, this is a SENIOR at Boston University. He's also got a 3.6 GPA.

jmonty
07-25-2009, 06:23 PM
getting into college certainly doesn't require alot of inteligence.. in one of my classes half the people didn't believe in evolution.... =/

wide lats
07-25-2009, 06:23 PM
Haha. Oh yeah that's true for sure.

I just feel like the R/P has caused me to do so much reading and research of my own. I've read countless books on politics, economics, philosophy, science, etc. because of posts I've read here.

I find it kind of sad that I've managed to learn more because of an internet forum than people who have gone to a couple of the top colleges in the country.

Now I'm not saying I'm more intelligent than they are, most likely I'm not, afterall I didn't get into those schools, but I think it's sad that I'm more knowledgeable than they are. I'd really like to see what these schools are teaching.

Expanding your knowledge is no bad social thing, you can still talk sport with everyone and be "normal" whenever you like.

Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:25 PM
Expanding your knowledge is no bad social thing, you can still talk sport with everyone and be "normal" whenever you like.

What? I'm not complaining, I love talking about this stuff. I just wish I had friends who actually had knowledge in it.

Also, I can't talk about sports whenever I like, I don't know anything about them lol.

Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:27 PM
getting into college certainly doesn't require alot of inteligence.. in one of my classes half the people didn't believe in evolution.... =/

Well you see that's what I feel is a problem.

Whatever happened to college interviews? I think we need those for everyone.

Anyone can spend high school memorizing textbooks and teacher's notes without understanding or grasping a single word, and taking 20 practice SAT's and next thing you know they have a full ride to somewhere like Amherst College or Boston College or any other good school.

wide lats
07-25-2009, 06:31 PM
What? I'm not complaining, I love talking about this stuff. I just wish I had friends who actually had knowledge in it.

Also, I can't talk about sports whenever I like, I don't know anything about them lol.

Didn't say you were complaining, maybe all this internet is getting you paranoid my friend? :)

Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:34 PM
Didn't say you were complaining, maybe all this internet is getting you paranoid my friend? :)

I was paranoid long before I started using the internet.

GirthyCawk
07-25-2009, 06:40 PM
Haha. Oh yeah that's true for sure.

I just feel like the R/P has caused me to do so much reading and research of my own. I've read countless books on politics, economics, philosophy, science, etc. because of posts I've read here.

I find it kind of sad that I've managed to learn more because of an internet forum than people who have gone to a couple of the top colleges in the country.

Now I'm not saying I'm more intelligent than they are, most likely I'm not, afterall I didn't get into those schools, but I think it's sad that I'm more knowledgeable than they are. I'd really like to see what these schools are teaching.

No, you probably are more intelligent than them.

Believe me, I went to a decent school, ranked about the same as BC. You're not gonna find a lot of dumb people, but these people aren't as smart as you probably think.

Vitalshok44
07-25-2009, 06:43 PM
Anyone else, or is it just me? I'm not talking about spending too much time on here and the internet, but in terms of actual discussions with my friends.
Common topics of discussions here seem to be way over the heads of almost all my friends. I really don't understand it.
The other night I had some friends over, and we started talking about religion. Two of my friends who are seniors at Boston University and one who is a junior at Boston College didn't even know what atheism was. Then they tried to tell me there is no such thing as atheism after I explained it because they said there is no such thing as a belief in nothing......
The topic moved on from there to the creation of the universe and evolution. They didn't even know anything about the Big Bang. When it came to evolution, yeah they believed in it, but they had no knowledge of it, and couldn't seem to grasp the concepts. They started talking about how they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....

We talked about politics and they didn't even know about major events happening in the world today. They had never even heard of what's happening in Honduras. They don't understand anything about the bailouts, they didn't know anything about monetary policy....


It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.

welcome to my life brah lol

It really is astounding how little the outside world seems to care about these kind of things, agree or disagree I don't care.

i like to talk about this stuff but I can't seem to get even a halfway measured tone or intelligent discussion away from these boards.

Harbinger
07-25-2009, 06:46 PM
I said that. The reply I got was "Well I mean you think if people were still evolving there would like, changes everyone noticed. Like wouldn't doctors notice that like a babies ears were gradually changing or something?"

I'll reiterate again, this is a SENIOR at Boston University. He's also got a 3.6 GPA.

Point your friends towards this web page.

http://www.nature.com/ejhg/journal/v14/n7/full/5201624a.html

Apeus
07-25-2009, 06:59 PM
welcome to my life brah lol

It really is astounding how little the outside world seems to care about these kind of things, agree or disagree I don't care.

i like to talk about this stuff but I can't seem to get even a halfway measured tone or intelligent discussion away from these boards.


It's ridiculous really.

I feel like the 1500 dollars or so I spend every year on books has proven much more worthwhile than 50000 a year at some "top" college that doesn't really teach ****.

Maestro
07-25-2009, 07:06 PM
It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.

not really pathetic. Its quite the norm actually.

I work with a bunch of late 30 to early 60's folk and none of them really know nothing about the world.

most of them voted for the presidential elections soley based on what they hear on cable television.

Vitalshok44
07-25-2009, 07:36 PM
It's ridiculous really.

I feel like the 1500 dollars or so I spend every year on books has proven much more worthwhile than 50000 a year at some "top" college that doesn't really teach ****.

if you really want to see a blank stare ask somebody what they think of Aldous Huxley

mntbikedude
07-25-2009, 07:45 PM
Yes I have noticed that, and being from Utah most mormons don't want to talk about our religion in as open a way as religion is discussed here. They basically just revert to bearing their testimony (mormons know what I'm talkin about) and that ends the discussion.

They have no desire to learn anything and if it does shake their above mentioned testimony then they feel it is just anti-mormon information. It's really frustrating. And discussing politics is the same way, again Utah is like the highest republican state per capita in the union and they actually like people like Sarah Palin, and they believe all the hype that the right wingers tell them.

And don't even try and discuss gay marriage whoa.

ZenBowman
07-25-2009, 07:52 PM
It's pretty ironic that what would seem to outsiders like a superficial community (bb.com) is capable of some of the high discourse that occurs here. Of course, 90% of threads de-evolve into hateful tirades, but there quite a few real gems in the cowdung.

mntbikedude
07-25-2009, 08:07 PM
It's pretty ironic that what would seem to outsiders like a superficial community (bb.com) is capable of some of the high discourse that occurs here. Of course, 90% of threads de-evolve into hateful tirades, but there quite a few real gems in the cowdung.


The funny part is trying to have some of our discussions taken seriously to outsiders, when you are quoting something and you are using people's forum names. Very quickly it sounds like this cyber exsperience like world of warcraft or something.

My wife: ummmmm ok so these so called friends of yours do they have real names?

Me: duh of course they have real names.

My wife: and they are?

Me: well there's ummmmm Melkor and bmy and arbex and sheduma and GirthyCawk (he's new) and bananannan57 for starters

My wife: those don't sound like real names.

Me: those are real names bb.com has people from all over the world.

Wife: the bananannan bla bla name whatever and what country would that be from?

Me: pretty sure he's or she's ummmmm Russian yeah Russian we have a lot of soviets.

Wife: and this GirthyCawk where's that name from?

Me ummmm pretty sure thats Irish yeah theres a funny story he tells about the O GirthyCawk clan back in Ireland.........

Me oh goodness look at the time guess I better go get ready for Atheist Night over at the ol .com oh those athiests are a crazy lot, and boy do they know how to party guilt free. :D

GirthyCawk
07-25-2009, 08:27 PM
^^lulz
I'm glad you consider me your friend :D

Moh7
07-25-2009, 08:30 PM
No.... sometimes i leave right in the middle of talking to someone.

Blindead
07-25-2009, 08:33 PM
My gf gives me **** about being too rational and logical. My mom's bf wants to talk to me about the bible now. God he's stupid.


The funny part is trying to have some of our discussions taken seriously to outsiders, when you are quoting something and you are using people's forum names. Very quickly it sounds like this cyber exsperience like world of warcraft or something.

My wife: ummmmm ok so these so called friends of yours do they have real names?

Me: duh of course they have real names.

My wife: and they are?

Me: well there's ummmmm Melkor and bmy and arbex and sheduma and GirthyCawk (he's new) and bananannan57 for starters

My wife: those don't sound like real names.

Me: those are real names bb.com has people from all over the world.

Wife: the bananannan bla bla name whatever and what country would that be from?

Me: pretty sure he's or she's ummmmm Russian yeah Russian we have a lot of soviets.

Wife: and this GirthyCawk where's that name from?

Me ummmm pretty sure thats Irish yeah theres a funny story he tells about the O GirthyCawk clan back in Ireland.........

Me oh goodness look at the time guess I better go get ready for Atheist Night over at the ol .com oh those athiests are a crazy lot, and boy do they know who to party guilt free. :D

hahahaha what the **** bro? you talk about that **** irl? sometimes if I see something really funny in the misc or **** i'll be like "oh i saw this on the internet" but i'm like "yeah my bro arbex and i were talking about non-conciousness at 5 am bro hell yeah i'm stylin"

mntbikedude
07-25-2009, 08:34 PM
^^lulz
I'm glad you consider me your friend :D


,,mpractically family you are, me wise old father always said davey boy if ever a girthyCawk knocks on your door let them in, good people those girthys are.

ElMariachi
07-25-2009, 08:38 PM
I said that. The reply I got was "Well I mean you think if people were still evolving there would like, changes everyone noticed. Like wouldn't doctors notice that like a babies ears were gradually changing or something?"

I'll reiterate again, this is a SENIOR at Boston University. He's also got a 3.6 GPA.



Whats his major? The problem with college is that there are a lot of bull**** major's that simply don't put much, if any focus on science, philosophy, geography, history...etc, you name it.

Vitalshok44
07-25-2009, 08:52 PM
No.... sometimes i leave right in the middle of talking to someone.

this reminding of all the times I've left to go do something irl and then have been vilified for running away because I couldn't post anything to prove my point lol


it's kind of funny when people seem to think that you've got nothing better going on in life than to respond to them. Right now!

Blindead
07-25-2009, 09:11 PM
Whats his major? The problem with college is that there are a lot of bull**** major's that simply don't put much, if any focus on science, philosophy, geography, history...etc, you name it.

http://blogs.townonline.com/cambridge/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/lol1.jpg

Beeewbs
07-25-2009, 10:02 PM
Anyone else, or is it just me? I'm not talking about spending too much time on here and the internet, but in terms of actual discussions with my friends.
Common topics of discussions here seem to be way over the heads of almost all my friends. I really don't understand it.
The other night I had some friends over, and we started talking about religion. Two of my friends who are seniors at Boston University and one who is a junior at Boston College didn't even know what atheism was. Then they tried to tell me there is no such thing as atheism after I explained it because they said there is no such thing as a belief in nothing......
The topic moved on from there to the creation of the universe and evolution. They didn't even know anything about the Big Bang. When it came to evolution, yeah they believed in it, but they had no knowledge of it, and couldn't seem to grasp the concepts. They started talking about how they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....

We talked about politics and they didn't even know about major events happening in the world today. They had never even heard of what's happening in Honduras. They don't understand anything about the bailouts, they didn't know anything about monetary policy....


It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.



Fundy Christians?



They're over the heads of many of the posters in the R/P, as well. It just doesn't stop them from posting. :D


haha, exactly. It's even worse for people here who have been posting in these subjects for months or years. They keep posting and keep getting told thinks about the subjects but they completely ignore them.

Beatitude
07-25-2009, 10:07 PM
They're not necessarily dumb; some people just don't think about certain things very often or even at all. This is the R/P so it pretty much attracts nothing but enthusiasts. There's a reason most people in the Misc. think this place is scary.

It doesn't bother me, although complete spaciness can be annoying. I don't know if I'd want to live in a world where everybody is as virulent as in this section.

Apeus
07-25-2009, 10:20 PM
Whats his major? The problem with college is that there are a lot of bull**** major's that simply don't put much, if any focus on science, philosophy, geography, history...etc, you name it.

Psychology. Yet I seriously feel as though I even know more about the mind from reading The Dragon's Of Eden than he does, and I've never even taken a psychology class.

Melkor
07-25-2009, 11:17 PM
The funny part is trying to have some of our discussions taken seriously to outsiders, when you are quoting something and you are using people's forum names. Very quickly it sounds like this cyber exsperience like world of warcraft or something.

My wife: ummmmm ok so these so called friends of yours do they have real names?

Me: duh of course they have real names.

My wife: and they are?

Me: well there's ummmmm Melkor and bmy and arbex and sheduma and GirthyCawk (he's new) and bananannan57 for starters

My wife: those don't sound like real names.

Me: those are real names bb.com has people from all over the world.

Wife: the bananannan bla bla name whatever and what country would that be from?

Me: pretty sure he's or she's ummmmm Russian yeah Russian we have a lot of soviets.

Wife: and this GirthyCawk where's that name from?

Me ummmm pretty sure thats Irish yeah theres a funny story he tells about the O GirthyCawk clan back in Ireland.........

Me oh goodness look at the time guess I better go get ready for Atheist Night over at the ol .com oh those athiests are a crazy lot, and boy do they know who to party guilt free. :D

ROFL I choked myself laughing so hard zomg

Sledgebat
07-25-2009, 11:35 PM
Oh, I know what you mean. When I was in grade 12, GRADE 12!, my social teacher mentioned the Big Bang. The entire class laughed at the notion, and the teacher smirked as he began talking about it. I was shocked.

I was like, "this is the big bang as in when there was nothing except for a tightly packed group of stuff (Not exactly what I said, but I was dumbing it down completely), and it set off and expanded", and I hear someone laugh in the background and the teacher's like "yeah, kind of?"

WTF is wrong with this world?

mooseknuckles
07-25-2009, 11:40 PM
they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....


well in their case there isn't much evidence.

Queequeg
07-26-2009, 04:46 AM
Anyone else, or is it just me? I'm not talking about spending too much time on here and the internet, but in terms of actual discussions with my friends.
Common topics of discussions here seem to be way over the heads of almost all my friends. I really don't understand it.
The other night I had some friends over, and we started talking about religion. Two of my friends who are seniors at Boston University and one who is a junior at Boston College didn't even know what atheism was. Then they tried to tell me there is no such thing as atheism after I explained it because they said there is no such thing as a belief in nothing......
The topic moved on from there to the creation of the universe and evolution. They didn't even know anything about the Big Bang. When it came to evolution, yeah they believed in it, but they had no knowledge of it, and couldn't seem to grasp the concepts. They started talking about how they don't understand why humans haven't evolved lately....

We talked about politics and they didn't even know about major events happening in the world today. They had never even heard of what's happening in Honduras. They don't understand anything about the bailouts, they didn't know anything about monetary policy....


It's really quite pathetic. I mean, these are people in their early twenties, about to graduate from a couple of the top schools in the country, and they seem completely clueless.

Its there age dude, the R/P has made you more advanced than your years.

thorton
07-26-2009, 07:31 AM
Oh, I know what you mean. When I was in grade 12, GRADE 12!, my social teacher mentioned the Big Bang. The entire class laughed at the notion, and the teacher smirked as he began talking about it. I was shocked.

I was like, "this is the big bang as in when there was nothing except for a tightly packed group of stuff (Not exactly what I said, but I was dumbing it down completely), and it set off and expanded", and I hear someone laugh in the background and the teacher's like "yeah, kind of?"

WTF is wrong with this world?

That is pathetic seeing as in grade 12 in my physics class we were learning about the math behind the big bang.

To the OP

I have a number of friends who I hang out with that wish to do nothing but drink and laugh and we do. The only time anything related to intellectual discussion occurs it is like 5am, we are drunk and stoned and discussing some deep subject (alot like what happens on here at 5am)

This is not to say my friends don't care, but, most people just have other priorities in life besides rationalizing what morality is, discussing the intellectual boundaries that religion creates ect.

Even posters here do that to an extent. I post in mostly religious/philosophy discussions because that is what interests me. The political side of the world holds little interest to me since it doesn't really affect me and it is transient. Obama's birth certificate, approval numbers, what 1-10million plan got cancelled, European politics ect really hold little hold over me and I am sure people would think I was ignorant as hell for not understand these subjects deeply. Ask me anything philosiphical in nature though and I could write you an essay for a response complete with sources. We just all hold different things to our heart, be it politics, religion, science, philosophy, sports, jokes, fun times. It doesn't make one person more ignorant than another, all it means is that person who knows nothing, does not need to know anything.

AJbuilder
07-26-2009, 07:44 AM
Oh, I know what you mean. When I was in grade 12, GRADE 12!, my social teacher mentioned the Big Bang. The entire class laughed at the notion, and the teacher smirked as he began talking about it. I was shocked.

I was like, "this is the big bang as in when there was nothing except for a tightly packed group of stuff (Not exactly what I said, but I was dumbing it down completely), and it set off and expanded", and I hear someone laugh in the background and the teacher's like "yeah, kind of?"

WTF is wrong with this world?

Well, the Big Bang is just as legitimate as the Chaos Theory once you break it down to methodical science. The Big Bang is not gospel and many of the top quantum physicists still laugh at the the theory.