June 8, 2012
|Crisis: Where are
the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks?
The problem in my title - Crisis: Where are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks? - is a truly serious one. I have dealt with it quite often, also in print and long ago: Spiegeloog-columns, e.g. Yahooism and democracy, and in A fundamental problem for democracies and in On a fundamental problem in ethics and morals, the last two often being often downloaded also, and thought of doing so again today, as a fundamental part of the causes for the current crisis, then did some searches...
... and hit upon some truly excellent interviews with Frank Zappa, in two series, on youtubes and especially the first series, which is really good, if not of great video quality.
So... still having bad if improving eyes, I will not write much but instead provide my readers with a series of links to youtube.
Here is a truly intelligent man, talking freely and rationally:
A. Frank Zappa 'Freeman Report'
This is one long interview by Sandi Freeman, made October 26, 1981, recorded in rather poor video quality, but a great interview with a truly intelligent man, talking freely, rationally, reasonably and admirably - which is a very rare event, because such people are rare anyway, and also because - as Zappa explains, in part 1 - intelligent creative honest people tend to be systematically discriminated in normal society and the ordinary media:
Part 1-5: Being different, being an artist
Part 2-5: Extortionate unions, honesty: Dishonesty is the rule, honesty the exception; the few that rule are not honest;
Part 3-5: The exultation of ignorance: That really makes me mad; I believe the basic building block of the university is stupidity; the best way is to discipline yourself; some traditional values are good; educating children; many 'conservatives' are fanatics; freedom of expression
Part 4-5: separation church and state; semantics of 'regime' and 'administration'; reagan as actor; the right to have opinions; reagan's lacking intellectual equipment, he is a teleprompter president, you take that support team away from him he is hollow, he's got nothing going for him, he is a smiling nice guy, heś a nice cowboy guy; I don't thing he's equipped to be the president; choice between tweedledum and tweedledee; tax the churches; religious no church, through life and business; being personally responsible; I don't have any friends: if you're the boss you have no friends; I don't have any time for social activities; I have a wonderful wife and four children, they are my friends; when I'm not touring I'm at home; I've a studio at my house; anti-drugs;
Part 5-5: not a big drinker; the government wants drugs; no difference between the people importing it and arresting you, at the top; US government has been using certain US cities for testing chemical warfare agents on American citizens without their knowledge; you only find out about it ten fifteen years later; if the government can do that there is no reason to believe that they are above giving them drugs; not an optimist; likes good food, good musical performances; likes cigarettes, coffee, sex.
B. Zappa Lost Interviews 1-7
This is about ten years later, not very long before Zappa's tragic relatively early death at 52 in 1993. These seem to be the materials for making a finished interview rather than a finished published interview, and especially part 1 has brief bits of bad video, but overall the video is fairly good quality:
1. Early influences
2. McCarthy, Elvis, Racism:
3. The Presidential elections:
4. Beatles, Stones & Censorship:
5. Hendrix, UFOs & Sex:
6. Problems with democracy:
¨...wait a minute: we've got big problem. Because you really can't have a democracy if one man's vote equals another man's vote, then one man's education has to equal another man's education.¨
7. seems (still) lost
Endnote: What shall I say? It is a pity that I did not see - especially - the first interview at the time it was made, and only discovered it today, and it is a great pity Zappa did not live longer.
But as I said: There are these interviews with a truly intelligent man, talking freely, rationally, reasonably and admirably, and that is quite enjoyable, and not something one is happy enough to experience often.
Linknote: I have checked the above video-links do hold today, and I also repaired the link for ME - Resources below, as I noticed people have been clicking that to no effect
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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