PETA's exploitation of Autism Spectrum

I have just been informed that PETA has a billboard program out there to exploit Autism by means of misinformation. 


"Recently, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new ad campaign entitled, "Got Autism?", misleadingly implying that the consumption of milk is associated with the cause of the autism spectrum. PETA is misinforming the public about autism and thus joining a long line of unscrupulous groups that have sought to try and spread fear about autism as a means of pushing their particular agendas."



Further information on this can be found at WRONG PLANET.
 

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lemonie7 years ago
Yes, when people feel strongly about things they can go to extremes. PETA obviously damage their reputation to intelligent persons, but less than half the world are....

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Yes, which is why it is not only important to educate the public, but also get them to think about the things happening around them.
 
True, but there are only so many people who will. Think about public elections for example..

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
I know,  but if it is true with humans as with other animals....it should still "work it's way out".   That is how it appears to work anyway, under the "microscope" of Emergence Theory.
 
At the very least, 50% of people who vote in elections are "morons". This is why "news"-papers have biases, who's side is Rupert Murdoch on today?
Did you notice that Avatar is distributed by Fox and heavily-promoted by News
Intentional publications?

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Did you notice that Avatar is distributed by Fox and heavily-promoted by News
Intentional publications?


I didn't, but if figures....I just meant that, in the voting process intelligence in the majority doesn't always help.

Here is the example I would draw from, although not as relevant as it could be:

a crowd gathered at a fair, and the operator of a "contest" gave the spiel that if anyone could guess the weight of the calf and be within 5 lbs, he'd win the calf. 

Literally HUNDREDS tried and NO ONE got anywhere as near as 5 lbs away. 

Watching this, a fellow interested in Emergence theory, asked if he could have all the slips of paper with the guesses on them....and the man handed them over.  

What was astounding was that, once averaged, the weights guessed came within ONE pound of the weight of the calf.  

This seems to be the way things work....your brain, for instance.  There is no little operator up there controlling things....yet it works....no Single cell is the "smartest" yet combined (even with daily gains and loss of cells) it all works. 

Ants are like this too...and bees, and fireflies.....to me it is a little freaky, but it ends up all making sense, even within the chaos of the thing.  
 
I'd not heard the cow story, but wouldn't derive group intelligence from it.
Did you hear about this?
mazesolving-oil-drop

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Goodhart (author)  lemonie7 years ago
I hadn't seen that, no;  but thank you....that is along the same lines as emergence theory I believe.....that there is no 'one" controller in the definition of "accurate intelligence" but rather it is a group effort, whether it be contest guessers or mindless ants, or crystals.   This, btw, is also how I view any supreme intelligence that may exist.     As a collective, and just as we have a "single brain" in our head, it is still the collective effort that brings about intelligence. 
 
I nominate this as the quote of the year!
www.wrongplanet.net/article377.html 

the wrong planet link seems to not be working, so I Woogled it.
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