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Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 263

by mapkinase (#48117189) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I do not believe in democracy. I do not believe general population should play any role in making complex important decision. It should be left to technocrats and leaders, true leaders.

I state again: if someone wants to know about science, he should study science. All those colorful analogies do not worth a damn, they do not increase understanding of public, their only purpose is infortainment like news or weather.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 0) 263

by mapkinase (#48105931) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

I never liked so called popularizers of science. You know who is the best popularizer of science? Good lecturer at the university.

Kapitsa Junior was a Professor giving lectures to fellow students from the same year. They bloody moaned from his inept lectures. On the TV he was an established host of the popular sci program, in the classroom he was nobody.

Feinman was never a popularizer like Sagan. He was a brilliant lecturer for people who want know, who were serious about physics.

Sagan, Dawkins, etc are all from the same cohort of nobodies.

Comment: Nanay boys (Score 1) 166

by mapkinase (#47898537) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

When I hear from time to time those wonderful thoughtful remarks by US politicians that seem to be so upfront against "reactionary" establishment, it always reminds of a 30-year old (at least) Russian meme called "The fight of Nanay boys". Basically, those Nanay folks of Far North of Russia had had this traditional entertainment show called "The fight of Nanay boys" where an entertainer would dress his lower and upper parts of his body in clothes in such a way so when he bends forward and stands on his feet and hands it appears so as if two boys are fighting each other

Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

That's what first come to mind when I here statements like the one from Mrs. Sotomayor

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