Ask A Genius 319 – Markets, Mothers, and Climate Change (5)
October 13, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So… bell curves of smartness and dumbness…
Rick Rosner: It’s like smoking.
Jacobsen: Acceptance of climate change… are moving further and further apart in terms of the level of overlappingness?
Rosner: Yeah I mean… nobody is a complete… nobody would deny that smoking is bad for you now.
Jacobsen: Camel might disagree.
Rosner: Well nobody without and economic interest. But even those guys admit it. You have to be like pretty much a schmuck to still be smoking.
Jacobsen: Evil to be pushing it on people. Remember, the United States Agencies pushed it on demographics that were not smoking in particular. Pregnant women were a targeted demographic.
Rosner: I didn’t know that.
Jacobsen: That is a huge crime. Same way…
Rosner: The people who committed that crime are all dead now. Half of them probably from smoking.
Jacobsen: Quite likely. As well as a targeted campaigns in a field called the psychology of nagging where… there was a demographic that was not buying things… that demographic being children; so if you can’t get kids to buy things because they have no money, and you can’t target ads to them… directly, what you can do is target ads to them to get to the parents indirectly, to nag the parents so that the kids will nag parents to buy things for those kids. That is a crime less severe but… insidious as well in terms of… hurting the morals of the country.
Rosner: Yeah well I remember being taught how to resist advertising in elementary school. They taught us the different forms of advertising. I think that is one more thing that has been squeezed out of the curriculum… along with art and music and P.E. There is just not enough money to teach anybody anything anymore.
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