@Romaq That's a great Feynman quote: "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."
The scope could probably be expanded. In the modern era, as far as I can tell, reality appears to have taken a back seat to much more than just public relations.
@aebrockwell The Flat-earther business is just part of the overall trend to disenfranchised knowledge. This push for anti-science isn't isolated, and it's scary as hell to me.
It's like the writing above a trashy bathroom urinal: "the joke is in your hand." The tools of knowledge these people seek to destroy back the very technology in their hands, their smart phone. Just... I can't even... How do you fight fog? How do you grapple with the nothingness?
@Chamisa22 @Romaq I think it is becoming necessary to move the battle lines back a bit. It is no longer a matter of convincing people to do the right thing, because many people think that the right thing to do is to lie and attack people. The current challenge is simply to convince people that values like truth, integrity, kindness, decency and compassion are important.
@aebrockwell @Chamisa22 Every time... Every DAMNED time I think I'm being a bit too dark and cynical, far too many people are quick to remind me I need to lower my expectations just a bit more.
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@aebrockwell @Romaq In happier days it could be just public relations now the purpose is dark. With crypto or AI and surveillance, billions are poured into them in order to dominate and impoverish.