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    I am reading "Simplexity," the 2008 book by J. Kluger. He writes:

    "Electronic devices ... have gone mad. It is not just your TV or your camera or your twenty-seven-button cell phone with its twenty-one different screen menus and its 124-page instruction manual. ... The act of buying nearly any electronic product has gone from the straightforward plug-and-play experience it used to be to a laborious, joy-killing experience in unpacking, reading, puzzling out, configuring, testing, cursing, reconfiguring, stopping altogether to call the customer support line, then calling again an hour or two later, until you finally get whatever it is you've bought operating in some tentative configuration that more or less does all the things you want it to do--at least until some error message causes the whole precarious assembly to crash and you have to start it all over again. ... "

    After elaborating on this topic (for several pages), the author concludes that "there's necessarily complex and then there's absurdly complex."

    What he does not analyze, at least in the chapter I am reading, is the effect all this may have on the minds of our push-button youngsters. Push-button experience is very different from building radios, repairing grandfather clocks, tractors, cars, etc. Will the overall effect be positive or negative? What do you think?

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    More idiots running around not knowing much isn't going to be good for society as a whole. It is the "disposable" generation that we are living in today and all that rubbish is piling up and will be a environmental catastrophe as we are already seeing with the pollution everywhere we look today.


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    I once ripped a button on one of my polo shirts, still pissed off about that.
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    Absence of good education, not of the most basic of things but the most complicated and unnatural concepts that usually adhere to someone who is well versed with understanding, and understanding that is founded through experience and education. That is why buttonology is the standard. But nobody understands and so nobody cares.
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    Just watching people who have no common sense makes me cringe at times. I saved a person once who didn't know about changing a circuit breaker, he almost electrocuted himself thinking he knew what he was doing but he did not and thankfully I was there to prevent a tragedy.
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    Well, as Cosmictraveler has said, technology is inversely proportional to the value of productivity, I mean, sure, you can finish your homework in 30 minutes or even less using Wikipedia or Google, but how much information you'd acquire from your homework? Almost none.

    The best example of "technology is inversely proportional to value of productivity" is in "3rd world countries" and "1st world countries".. A child, around the age of 15 or 11 can fix cars, in-house items and many other things, practical intelligence generally. Though a 1st world country child would probably not most likely achieve a high intellectual intelligence, a mathematical or reasoning intelligence.. Mostly due to their environment.

    I agree with Professor Howard Gardner, a Harvard Graduate Student of Education, who theorized the multiple intelligence theory. It's the complete opposite of the IQ intelligence in which he says that a person has 8 types of intelligence; Linguistic intelligence, Logical-mathematical intelligence, Musical intelligence, Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, Spatial intelligence, Interpersonal intelligence, Intrapersonal intelligence.

    This documentary by BBC gave me an idea about intelligence, they tested a Quantum Physicist, a Dramatist, a Musical prodigy, a high IQ expert, an artist, a supersonic jet pilot, a chess grandmaster. Amazingly, the Dramatist and the Quantum Physicist tied in first place.



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