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Re: Vanishing Hams

I'm fairly sure that for a lot of the mainstream population, having an  
active interest in technology and technical things has almost always  
been considered antisocial or at least suspicious.  I've never been  
convinced that that's been particularly good for our society, but  
that's the attitude.  (And, unfortunately, the attitude of a lot of  
key decision makers of our society as well.)  If I could make any  
single paradigm change I wanted, that would be a strong contender ..  
my memories of dealing with some of that hostility are particularly  

(The hostility to people who have the ability to self-educate is, if  
possible, even greater than it is to people who seek out formal  
education.  It seems the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge's sake is  
seen as some sort of sin by some people.)

On Jul 17, 2008, at 1:10 PM, John B. Stephensen wrote:

> Wanting to learn about things technical was considered anti-social  
> in the
> 1950's and 1960's so that hasn't changed.
> 73,
> John

"No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was  
ever so wicked as each believes the other." -- Bertrand Russell

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