Re: Toward a new US-World dialogue

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Mon 09 Dec 2002 - 20:17:44 GMT

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    On Monday, December 9, 2002, at 01:08 PM, Virginia Bowen wrote:

    > why is that "religion" so tempting to celebrities?

    Well, most celebrities are actors, and from only anecdotal evidence, a larger than mean percentage of actors are very gullible types who drift into all sorts of quackeries and fringes and newage (rhymes with sewage) trends and fashions. Shirley MacLaine is not an aberration, let us say.

    It would be nice if some celebrity came on board skeptically, memetically. Penn Gillette, of Penn and Teller, is the only celeb I know about who expounds with regularity against quackeries and frauds, like feng shui and Uri Geller and scientology and acupuncture, although the list is seemingly endless and it would take a tireless squad of celebrities (even knowing celebrities' opinions are worth 100 normal opinions in the marketplace) to quash irrationality.

    And, presumptuous me, I doubt there are many celebrities who would or could champion memetics.

    - Wade

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