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Re[4]: The troubles (revisited)

Hi Tom,

It's just that you have labeled me one of the most stupid people on
earth. Maybe I am, and, like you said, am too far gone. I also play
lots of sports. I guess I am in real trouble. So if I just change my
radio station and stop playing sports will my intelligence increase?
(by the way, does exercise count? If I ride my bike for exercise, as
opposed to racing, will I be smarter?) How are you going to measure
this? Is the effect reversible or not? Now that I am so stupid, is
there no hope? Do I need classical music all day and all night for
years? How are you going to determine if it is the music or the
sports or something else that is making me so stupid? Has my
intelligence been decreasing for years?

Please help.

Getting stoopider all the time...


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Subject: Re: Re[2]: The troubles (revisited)
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Date: 10/21/97 12:22 PM

On Mon, 20 Oct 97 16:37:10 -0500 "Beth Thacker"<>

I start my inquiry-based physics class with a song called "Think"
by Judy Mowatt (who sang with Bob Marley). I start units on E&M
"Electric Boogie" sung by another reggae singer. When I get in
my car
to go home tonight I'll put on a station with hip-hop. I can't
imagine doing aerobics or dancing to classical music. I listen
some kinds of music for the words. There are even some rap songs
make very strong social and political statments that should be
Music reaches into our hearts and souls, not just our minds, and
different beats move different people in different ways. Its all


Music or sports or anything else cannot make you dumb. It
depends how
you use it. It depends on what you use it for...

Beth Thacker

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Hi Beth,

Taking a page from John, how do you know that listening to very dumb
music for long periods of time cannot make some people dumber? I love
that interview with Paul Simon, whose father was a bass player. Paul
admits that his father's criticism of his music was: "It's dumb."

Regards / Tom

P.S. Don't you think that, if we are warned that the popular music is
dumbing down generation after generation, someone ought to take a close
look at the idea? (Incidentally, I forgot, as I was writing my warning,
that many who would read it have been damaged already. If you know how
Elvis sounds but not Charlie Parker, you are too far gone - probably.)