Re: >H Hayflick on death and immortality

ChuckKuecker (
Sat, 30 May 1998 20:18:53 -0500

At 04:14 PM 5/30/98 EDT, wrote:

>i realise that my posts tend to sound a little disparaging of the mental
>abilities of most people, but the evidence is all 'round me, in the
papers, on
>tv, even just walking down the block. i am often astounded at the sheer
>ignorance, stupidity, and obliviousness i witness.
>i'd be interested to know how the list feels about this. do you feel that
>people in general are smarter than they are given credit for?..does it only
>seem as if the general level of knowledge, understanding, and intelligence is
>slipping?..or is this a legitimate concern?
>i dislike to be so negative, but at least once a day i find myself frustrated
>or inconvenienced by someone's boneheadedness
>i'd appreciate some feedback from the list.. thanks.Cori

My view is similar. I think most people are pretty smart, when they WANT to
be. Unfortunately, too many people are willing to idle their way through
life and let others make thier decisions for them. The present state of the
US Government is ample evidence of this.

In the case of extreme circumstances, many of the idlers will wake up and
show their true capabilities. Unfortunately for them, probably fortunately
for us, such situations are few and far between.

Chuck Kuecker