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Joe BidenCongratulations to our presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden!

Response to NJCher (Reply #91)

Sun Mar 1, 2020, 06:42 AM

141. You know...

 

...the only people here who want my resume all the time, seem to be Sanders supporting kids with pretty strong questions about my resume.

Is there any real reason that I have to educate Sanders supporters?

I recently had to put on my ignore list a really, really, really dumb guy who considered his Ph.D. in protein dynamics an exercise in - his words, not mine - "dick waving" while making idiotic comments on my intellectual credentials.

Apparently, this moron thought that because he was a "scientist," he knew all about climate change, even though he had clearly never opened a book on the subject in his narrow life.

I know the type very well.

If your claim is that because one hundred black intellectuals - who you do not list - support Sanders that therefore all black intellectuals support this tired dogmatic old white guy who hasn't changed his mind about a single thing since 1969, then clearly that says something about you and not black intellectuals.

How is it that I am required to list black intellectuals for your amusement? Who are you to me?

I get very, very, very tired of bad thinking, but let me try to address this....

There is a commonly understood practice in bad thinking called, Appeal to Authority.

A few years back, while wandering in the bowels of Princeton University's Firestone library I came across a strange little monograph in German written by a Nobel Laureate, Johaness Stark, the physicist who discovered the "Stark effect," the discovery that spectral lines were effected by magnetic fields. The effect is quite real, and remains, over a century after its discovery, an important physical fact.

The library has apparently moved the book off the shelves to "RECAP" a warehouse for books not commonly read anymore, but one can still get it if one is interested.

Here it is: Adolf Hitlers ziele und persönlichkeit, von dr. Johannes Stark

I think the University should have left it on the shelves as a lesson in appeal to authority arguments.

The book, written in 1932, before Adolf Hitler took power, which translates into "Adolf Hitler's Goals and Personality" is all about how wonderful Adolf Hitler would be for "German Science."

For further amusement, one can read the 1945 Farm Hall Transcripts where one German Nobel Laureate, Otto Hahn, tells another German Nobel Laureate, Werner Heisenberg, while they are discussing the subject of the practical results of American scientists, that he is a "second rater" whereupon Heisenberg agrees.

This may be found in the transcripts (translated into English with a foreward by Jeremy Bernstein) on page 118:



hahn: At any rate, Heisenberg, youíre just second raters and you might as well pack up.

heisenberg: I quite agree.

hahn: They are 50 years further advanced than we.

heisenberg: I donít believe a word of the whole thing They must have spent the whole of their £500,000,000 in separating isotopes; and then it is possible.11


Hitlerís Uranium Club

The point is that it is possible to be an intellectual in one area, and be absurdly naive and even something of an idiot in another.

Here is my opinion: Senator Sanders is no intellectual, given the fact that his rhetoric is quite as simplistic as that of the orange racist in the White House. The fact that he is on the left and that he is not a racist, at least not overtly, makes him preferable, to be sure, to the orange idiot, but it is clear to me that as opposed to other Democratic candidates, he will be unable to arrest the destruction of our country.

If we wanted a left leaning President who is also a flexible thinker, we would vote for Ms. Warren, since she is intellectually and ethically very much more sophisticated than the tired old white Senator from Vermont. The tired old white Senator from Vermont rather like the MAGAT king, feels himself to be superior to all others, including the entire Democratic Party, purely an avatar of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Now. Again. This is my opinion. It doesn't matter if I unload trucks at the West Windsor Walmart or his I am the Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, if I trim the bushes at Princeton University or if I am a tenured professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

I can respect the thinking of powerful minds in one area, while completely discounting the thoughts of the same minds in other areas.

If there are 100 black intellectuals who support Senator Sanders, that's fine for them. This has nothing to do with whether Sanders would be as good a President as any of our other candidates, all of whom are quite happy to be Democrats and do not regard themselves as above the Democratic Party.

I would think we've had enough of Dunning Kruger avatars who hold themselves in high esteem, and I have no respect at all for the political opinions of any intellectual who cannot grasp this fact, no matter which giant ego they support, and no matter what their accomplishments might be. If they support Sanders, in my opinion, thinking for myself, they are fools.

Got it?

No?

Why am I not surprised?




If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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