February 8, 2014

Suckers to suggestion

Evidence that humans, of the adult variety, are ridiculously and easily influenced. 

The release of the film The Wolf of Wall Street, loosely based on a real person and therefore real events, including real Quaaludes, has resulted in Google searches for the sleeping pill going from almost none to out of control. 

Scenes in the film show funny consequences of taking Quaaludes - and this is what people want?  One wonders if they are searching for personal use or hoping to convince their friends to do the honors.

Quaaludes haven't been produced since 1984, when they were banned in America.

Disturbing that grown ups are so easily influenced.  Seeing a film and then wanting to get your hands on some Quaaludes is the equivalent of seeing an advertisement once and feeling compelled to run out and buy that new peppermint deodorant. 

Think then how easily children's thinking can be hijacked, distorted.

Think then how easily people can be convinced to believe something when a mass of others are telling them to. This is the simply basis for both ethical and unethical indoctrination, after all.  It takes so little.


  1. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Think then how easily children's thinking can be hijacked, distorted.

    Just the way it was meant to be:

    A Short Angry History Of Modern Schooling - John Taylor Gatto

    It's worth listening too, if you have the time, and so is this one if you have a lot more time, but they are worth it.

    The Greatest History Lesson - John Taylor Gatto - The Truth About your Education

    And if you want to get an insight into the big picture then a little research into Carroll Quigley's Tragedy & Hope would not go astray.


  2. Well, I didn't really have education in mind, iJustin, more the passing parade of peers, advertising images, political dross, relentless news reporting that treats events of the world as trite sound bites, sexism, racism, generally bigotry, hatreds, and let's not leave off politically correct language and ideas.

    Education - was NEVER for the good of the individual.

    In modern times, schools are also - despite what teachers want to believe (they too like to ignore the historical reasons for their existence, even though they teach history) - 12 year long child minding institutes.

    The best educational outcomes in the world are in countries that don't send children to school until they are 7 years old.

    In Australia, we're told, and billions have been spent to prove it: children must have at least one, preferably two years of preschool, before they start school at age 5. Of course, this is complete rubbish. Not a single person in our current parliaments or those with tenure in universities would have had any pre-schooling. Guess what, they weren't, evidently, at all disadvantaged!!

    Can you imagine a real education revolution in Australia, or America? No child goes to school until aged 7, because it's a complete waste of time, it's just very expensive baby sitting? Can you see that?

    No, of course not, because capitalism and the government requires that as many men and as many women as possible are in paid work, so that they're contributing to tax revenues, and so that they have money to spend, preferably disposable income, to spend on things they don't need for survival.

    Governments (except for, say, places like North Korea) demand a schooled population, only so as to increase the income that can be earned by an economy full of literate and numerate people. (Not that everyone going to school is literate or numerate, such is the uselessness of our education system.)

    There is noting altruistic about schooling, never has been, never will be. Thus why having to pay for it - including for so called public eduction - is so galling.

    Funnily enough, people who spend quarter of a million to send a child to private school are fulfilling the real reason for education - churning out, productive, high tax-paying individuals. Gotta have a little smile about that. Well and truly brain-washed; the parents that is.

    Also funny that the left has kept a firm ideological hold on the agenda and curriculum at all levels of education, including universities, which are supposed to be free of ideology. All the left-luvvies working in and deeply committed to this right wing ideologically driven machinery.

  3. Meant to expand - school commencement age will never increase, as the early years locked in school (or preschool) allow parents to go back to the workforce, so mass babysitting is essential - hence such a low school commencement age.

  4. Anonymous9:59 PM

    “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die.” (John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down)

    School does little of that, rather keeps us children all our lives, obedient and trusting children who are conditioned to believe what the "experts" want us to believe (WMD, AGW etc), rather than educating us to think critically, question authority, rely on and develop that which we are passionate about - little of that in our Prussian (kindergarten) mode of schooling.

    Rather we end up with something like this:

    Anaxagoras maintained that snow is black but no one believed him. The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will fay different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at: First, that the influence of the home is obstructive; second, not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before age ten; third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective; fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I anticipate it is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark grey. Bertrand Russell


  5. The problem is that schooling was never, and still isn't, intended to educate, at least not beyond what the market requires.

    Universities, not schools, were established to educate, to produce thinkers, but that was way back in the dark ages, before universities developed business plans and were hijacked by a left ideology.

    Now no level of schooling aims to educate.