From: Steve Drew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 00:12:32 GMT
> Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 15:17:44 -0500
> From: Wade Smith <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: Toward a new US-World dialogue
> 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.
Most sociologist and social psychologists I have come across pull faces as
> - - Wade
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