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Flat Mars Society

Avatar  - the latest eye-candy from Hollywood my kids caused me to watch... Despite stunning imagery, the main message is of doubtful value: ignorance is bliss (by the same token, science and industrialization are evil). This is not unlike Gospel’s message “The meek shall inherit the Earth” (Matthew 5:5) which harkens back to Ecclesiastes'  "For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow" (1:18, King James Bible), Rousseau's theory of Natural Man...  The most recent elaboration could be found in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Galapagos where all the sorrows of humankind are traced to "the only true villain in ... story: the oversized human brain".

What is ironic that the same anti-intellectual message is being delivered with ever increasing scientific sophistication of the medium…

As Robert A. Heinlein once remarked (as I remember it):  “Establishment of Flat Mars Society would be surest proof that it became civilized”.

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