There is no special background of education needed to undertake an intelligent study of astronomy in a human way; merely a capacity to appreciate and to make comparisons between things of tremendous magnitude and things that matter little. I was talking of astronomy to a young man whom I met on a train recently. I tried to make clear to him its wonderful interest and its thrilling possibilities, even for a layman. He listened to me, then said: “Well, if that's astronomy, they fooled me badly when I was studying it in school! My book on astronomy had a lot of funny diagrams, and hazy pictures of stars with long names and some problems in spherical trigonometry. I hated it!" Many schools approach the teaching of astronomy from the wrong direction. Looking at a picture of a star bears about the same relation to seeing the star itself through a telescope as looking at a friend's picture bears to having the friend beside you, talking to you.Sounds familiar. Look about you. Take hold of the things that are here. Talk to them. Let them talk to you. Did Hartness implement this attitude in Vermont's schools? Probably not. Brief accounts emphasize his push for industries and don't mention education. After Hartness, maybe you could count Barry Goldwater, another rich semi-pro who loved technology; but Barry didn't invent and develop scientific instruments. = = = = = The idea of counting Goldwater led sideways to another counting. Barry was unquestionably Jewish, but he's never counted as Jewish. He was nominally Episcopal, but clearly thought of himself as a Jew and often called himself Jewish. This list of Jewish presidential candidates skips him while including other ambiguous nominals. It describes Marianne Williamson as "raised in a Jewish family". One overall pattern stands out in that list. Before 1946, religion and ethnicity didn't matter as much. There were several Jewish governors of Western states before 1946, none after. There were also several Hispanic and Native governors and senators, who are never counted in today's lists. Charles Curtis, a Kansa chief, was Vice President. He's memoryholed. The same goes for disability. See FDR. Black scientists? See Carver, for Christ's sake. Black business owners and doctors and teachers? Vastly more common before 1946. The modern diversitarians create divisions and prejudices and obstacles by forcing people to FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS on the divisions. This is their sole purpose. Diversitarians EMPHATICALLY DO NOT WANT to advance opportunities for their special groups. They want to create chaos and war. Later addition: Magufuli, president of Tanzania and THE ONLY PRO-SCIENCE LEADER IN THE WHOLE FUCKING WORLD, also started out as a professional scientist. He was trained as a chemist, then worked as a chemist for 10 years before turning to politics. When the satanists want scientists in politics, they emphatically and diametrically DO NOT WANT real scientists like Magufuli who use REAL SCIENCE to precisely disprove and falsify the fake "science" of the holocaust. Followup: Turns out Hartness didn't really invent this scope mechanism, but it's fascinating anyway.
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