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For every talented artist we've lost to the playing fields, there are probably a hundred who've been lost to drug dealing or business school.
Back to Bellows: Would any of us trade the career of a good major league shortstop in exchange for 20 years of painting from a man whom Case Western Reserve professor of American art Henry Adams called “one of the giants of American art?”
Long ago the Banksters put their program in place to coopt our best and brightest. Today's opaque financial derivatives were created by these diabolical geniuses.
I think Hollywood is much more of an issue, if you are worried about that sort of thing; how many fine writers and artists have been sacrificed upon the altar of 2.5 men?
few human brains (and bodies) that are wired in such a way that they would have been world-changingly amazing at both.
Yeah, I could have been writing best-selling novels and great pieces of literature if I hadn't been standing around a clubhouse looking like an idiot for 26 years and worried which pitcher will need Tommy John surgery
I am not sure how you would "timeline" artistic ability, but I also suspect there is a reason that we can think of guys like DaVinci and Jefferson from a few centuries ago, and not as many Renaissance People in the current day.
Yeah, we're getting into universal genius (Da Vinci, Newton, Jefferson) territory here. I don't think too many pro athletes some close to that.
Shaq has a PHD
I'd trade a JJ Hardy for a George Bellows. But it would take a Ripken or ARod for me to give up a Stuart Davis.
This observation isn't unique to sports. It's often been observed that "the best technological minds of our generation are investing their lives trying to make people click on more advertisements."
Yep. It makes me truly sad to think about how many valuable physicians, scientists, and engineers our culture has lost to the game-rigging depredations of the financial and legal sectors, solely because finance and law have been able to rig things in their fiscal favor.
He has an EdD
An honorary EdD or a real* one?
("Real" to the extent that an EdD can be considered a doctorate degree.)
How many really smart athletes were there? Bradley, Whizzer White, Alan Page, Craig Breslow.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...
If you want to define science as a way of thinking instead of a field of subject matter. What people are studying is a different thing from how they're studying it. But all I hear from anywhere is "engineering," "computer science," and STEM, STEM, STEM. I don't think there's a lack of interest in the sciences by that measure.
Even if you ignore all the basketball stuff, he's doing well for kid who grew up in a working class family in Newark and has never met his real father, but basketball opened doors for him.
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