OT - Gas to hit 4.00
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Wed Aug 31 17:43:02 MDT 2005
Thus said Doran Barton on Wed, 31 Aug 2005 16:54:34 MDT:
> I don't understand it. Most of the people I know who are not college
> educated think the metric system is stupid and difficult to learn.
Most of the people I know who are college educated don't understand the
metric system. Only chemists and physicists seem to have a firm grasp.
But the majority of majors don't help a person know anything about the
The problem is lack of use. Since nobody uses metrics, nobody
understands it. Even though mathematically we may understand how
superior it is, without the touch of experience to build upon, people
resort to mathemtical calculations to figure out that 1kilo of wheat is
How did you learn the English measurement system? You used cookbooks,
instructions, and other examples in real life to learn. Just like you
learned English. Sure you studied it at school, but school didn't teach
you how to speak, only how to write (and possibly speak) with correct
grammar. The same is true of learning just about anything; experience
counts for a lot of the assimilation of knowledge.
> There are definite advantages to converting a society from english to
> metric, but it WOULD be a revolutionary change in the U.S. would take
> years or decades to implement.
This is true. People are basically lazy and won't change unless forced
too or unless given good enough reasons to do so. Its sad but true. This
is also why the majority of people use Windows---habit is a strong
> I would say, yeah, it's worth it, but there are a lot of (stupid,
> uneducated?) people involved in public policy in this country who
> won't see it the way I do.
I'm not sure that public policy is really the way to make people learn
metrics, but I for one wouldn't mind if the road signs changed from MPH
Try this for fun. Switch all your scales and digital tools in the home
to the metric scale. See how long before your significant other barks at
you about it.
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