Plus generally just being open curious human beings.
I don't think we should generally take carte-blanch the advice of anyone.
There's even grounds for not listening to those who are rich/wealthy/successful businesses when trying to analyse their own condition. There's an ego element there which means they'll want to apportion success to themselves relative to luck/chance/birth/others, and they're hardly going to come out and say "you know what, it was all a fluke" or "I ripped off bob/society..go me!".
Most of us humans are all too good at ascribing to large amounts of randomness some element in an attempt to explain outcomes post-fact.
I'll listen to Mr Adams. He seems to nail a lot of other things on the head.
Yes, he has covered just about any extreme position you can imagine. He's gone to anti-feminism caves, to anti-religion deserts, to abortion hell and recently dived into the "I viscerally hate anti-euthanasia people". So what? He raises valid points, and he raises them in a fashion that drives traffic to his blog, therefore maximizing the probability of discussion. As a side effect, he weeds out from the discussion those people who are not rational enough to see his extremist position as fabricated, and who respond emotionally. Win-win.
He's a dialectic genius.
He seems reasonably smart in some ways. But he also seems to have no idea of the boundaries of his knowledge, which leads him to say a lot of stupid things. That doesn't qualify as "very intelligent" to me.
His interview on Tavis Smiley's show was awesome-
Scott Adams is up to his old obliviously obtuse act again. You may recall that the creator of Dilbert is an apologist for creationism, a pathetic anti-atheist wanker, and a narcissistic sock puppeteer, but did you know he’s also an obnoxist sexist pig?
Oh, right, you did already know that.
OK, but now he’s revising his personal history and making up stories about being a poor oppressed man, crushed by the matriarchy.
...and so on...
It takes down media feminists and sexually inadequate cartoonists, so you get to feel doubly superior after reading it.
Nobody had mentioned what a douchebag he is yet, so it's a valid and relevant point to raise. And posting a few links is a lot less effort than the all the time and energy Scott Adams puts into his sock puppetry, so why not?
Seeing as how you're so devoted to your own cause, why aren't you also criticizing his sock puppets for being so devoted to their cause of praising him and calling everyone who doesn't agree an idiot? Obviously a lot of people here didn't already know what a douchebag he is, and now they do. Do you agree that he's a douchebag, or do you beg to differ, agree with his misogynistic opinions, and do you care to justify and explain his well documented behavior and opinions and blatant narcissistic sockpuppetry?
Note: previous post was later radically altered.
It's a lot less effort than the all the time and energy Scott Adams puts into his sock puppetry, so why not?
Just because something takes a lot less time to do than something else, doesn't mean it's not ridiculous or awful.
Why aren't you also criticizing his sock puppets for being so devoted to the cause of praising him and calling everyone who doesn't agree an idiot?
a. He never called anyone an idiot.
b. He's not emotionally invested in the issue like you are.
Obviously a lot of people here don't know what a douchebag he is.
Thank you for providing evidence in an attempt to back up your beliefs. What a pity you have to use such aggressive and insulting terms for someone who holds different views to your own.
Do you agree he's a douchebag, or do you beg to differ, agree with him, and do you care to justify and explain his well documented behavior and opinions?
It's possible to answer "no" to every one of these questions. Let's break this down:
Do you agree he's a douchebag?
No. He has different opinions.
[D]o you... agree with him?
[D]o you care to justify and explain his well documented behavior and opinions?
And what's so ridiculous and awful about linking to Scott Adam's own misogynistic rants and the reactions they provoked? I'm certainly not the only one who disagrees with you and thinks Scott Adams is a certifiable douchebag. Are your sensitive oppressed male feelings hurt that I pointed out his history of saying misogynistic things like "The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles."
"He never called anyone an idiot." Get your facts straight. You could at least read the links I provided before making stuff up. His sock puppet called people who disagree with him idiots, in the same breath as calling himself a genius:
"If an idiot and a genius disagree, the idiot generally thinks the genius is wrong. He also has lots of idiot reasons to back his idiot belief. That’s how the idiot mind is wired.
It’s fair to say you disagree with Adams. But you can’t rule out the hypothesis that you’re too dumb to understand what he’s saying. And he’s a certified genius. Just sayin’."
The fact that you have to make stuff up that's not true totally invalidates your arguments.
"He's not emotionally invested in the issue like you are." And how can you possibly say that he's not emotionally invested in the issue after reading what he said, unless you ARE just Scott Adam's sock puppet, and therefore have special insight into his private mental state. It certainly sounds to me like he's extremely emotionally invested in the issue, enough to create sock puppet accounts and write ridiculous awful narcissistic crap like that, which you interpret as not ridiculous, not awful, and not emotionally invested, since you have so much insight into his mental state, yet no investment in devoting yourself to the cause of carrying his douchebag water. (That's sarcasm, Scott.)
Show us on the doll where Scott touched you.
The question is how many people the advice would be useful to vs how many it would harm, and to what degree. Framing it otherwise just inflicts a massive loss of utility on all the people who would have benefited from it - i.e. you'd be choosing a world with more misery to live in.
Foolish stuff like saying things like "Women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone"?
Should I go on? I could go on and on and on, quoting him making a total douchbag of himself. He never stops, he just keeps digging deeper.
And you do!
Too many times we get caught up in our jobs because its something we feel we should do or because it pays more and more money but loving what you do is the real meaning behind his message.
Despite having landed a job with high satisfaction, Scott Adams is highly pragmatic and ambitious.
And his second advice is "Passion is bullshit" (and no, you won't get what he meant just from the title, again). Maybe you should read the article.
work until i can afford a van, petrol, food, passport and visas