Ask A Genius 516 – Affirmative Action for the Rich (7)
March 18, 2019
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Rick Rosner: Another factor is that we’re babies. We are more influenced by the deliciousness of social media, perhaps, than striver countries like India and China, where we have the luxury of being academically lazy and not buckling down and just giving into the indulgences of personal technology.
But there are China and India with a combined population of America’s population. There are in the middle of big technological pushes. There have 8 times as many people as we do, which means they have at least 8 times as many strivers who are able to buckle down and strive academically.
The ratio is probably much greater than 8 to 1 because Americans are basically pampered and lazy. We like our lives of relative ease. The striver countries, you can throw in South Korea, probably a lot of the Asian sphere countries.
They produce more strivers than American currently might be producing. Right now, America has a government and a culture that is anti-science, and skeptical of learning and skeptical about information.
We’re in the middle of getting our asses kicked. Liberals like to talk about that we have 12 years left to figure out some decent solutions for climate change before the planet faces catastrophic consequences.
But I would argue that we have roughly that amount of time or less to turn around America’s anti-knowledge, anti-science skepticism about information before we become catastrophically unable to compete with the technologically striving mega-countries of the world.
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American Television Writer
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