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The techno-gullible

Luboš Motl takes off on one of the computer scares: BadBIOS v2.0: contracting HIV from your digital camera

“The people’s large holes in the knowledge and their gullibility is a much greater threat for the health of the mankind and the civilization than over 99% of the “declared threats” we are hearing about these days. The climate alarmism has failed to go completely extinct so far for the very same reason, too.”

It is bad enough that so many are so gullible. What is worse is that they are committed to their ignorance and will defend it to extreme ridiculousness.

For some reason, this makes me think of the survivalists, those that commit their lives to surviving TEOTWAKI (the end of the world as we know it). It is one thing to be prepared for various calamities such as floods, hurricanes, snow storms or whatnot (preppers) but preparing for the end of civilization and worrying about feral children takes it to a whole new level.

“They just know how to write down sentences that contain the “right words” and that look grammatically and syntactically fine – that look fine to others who have no clue. But the beef is rotten.”

Climatology or computer internals — a ripe field for playing with people’s fears and ignorance.

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