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Channel 4 screened a programme on the patron saints of Britan and Ireland this evening. It was interesting that some people interviewed adopted a realist, historical attitude to fact, legend and myth, whilst others adopted a fundamentalist tone completely devoid of logic (I suppose that's literally what "faith" is about, after all).

And then by inaction I started watching Space Cadets. Admittedly, it probably wasn't uppermost in the participants minds that they might be partaking of a fake, but the bland acceptance of artificial gravity showed that any foreknowledge they had owed more to Star Trek than any news programme. kharin says it makes him think of the historical practice of visiting the asylum; for me it resonates more with mock_the_stupid. These people have been fed no more than mumbo-jumbo and their science education is such a deferred success that they blindly accept it all. I wonder if they are media studies graduates.


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brixtonbrood From: brixtonbrood Date: December 10th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't bring myself to watch Space Cadets but I'm curious; did they tell them about the artificial gravity one at a time or all together? If it was the latter, then I'd like to think they were taking a huge risk of just one of the mugs asking enough difficult questions to tip the others off, or one person being sufficiently confident to simply stand up and announce that this is clearly bullshit, and it's a hoax.
Tragically from what I've read they had total faith that the Star Trek explanation would see them through with twelve (suggestible) people of normal intelligence and a normal level of scientific ignorance, and that faith was justified.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: December 11th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a group lecture - just a PowerPoint presentation with pretty pictures and technical sounding words. The scary thing is that they all seemed to take notes constantly during every lecture. I don't remember ever doing that - so much lecture material wasn't worth preserving, though I suppose as a "real" student I found that lectures were mostly an introduction to things that were covered more thoroughly in books (that was in the days when students were supposed to read for themselves, of course). I suppose the fact that some of the "contestants" are actors is probably designed to suppress any doubts that may occur.
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