Psychology's on there too. Even with my issues with the field, it's a hell of a long shot to say that a psychology degree is useless. If you're looking for a career in human services, it's about one of the most useful degrees you can possibly have. Also, I guess there's no such thing as a doctor of psychology, eh? If there were any, they definitely haven't done anything useful over the last century and a half!
Anyway, let's all remember, it's Conservapedia. About 50% of that site's content was created by trolls so any particular example, no matter how hillarious, needs to be taken critically. Even those that would have been posted for non-trolling purposes are being ripped out of context and presented in the worst possible light. Whether or not we think sufing studies is useful doesn't matter, because chances are none of us are planning on making a career out of surfing (remember those pro surfers out there in the world who make a better living than most of us will ever have out of something most people regard as a hobby? Saying 'you can't make a career out of surfing!' is demonstrably false). If people are willing to pay for those degrees, what exactly is wrong with offering them again? I mean, here I was thinking the free market promoted the supply of specialist services if there was a market for them... but I guess promoting the stamping out services or ideas, thus manipulating the free market on an ideological basis is A-OK, if it means people aren't learning about things I or we don't like.
At the end of the day, (picking random example here; ) Horticulture is a pretty fucking useful degree if you're looking for a career in Horticulture, opinions of people outside of the field can go fuck themselves; unless they've done the degree and had a career that's taken them to every. single. part. of those industries which involve horticulture, they know fuck all about how useful the degree can be.
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That applies to just about everyone too. Things only have the use that we get out of them; whether you're head coordinator of Harvard's staff faculty or Joe mc-ultraconservative-factory-worker, chances are your valuations on what's valuable or useful or not are based off fucking nothing more than your own prejudices. I've had professors of psychology tell me that psychology students who can't write APA formatted research reports shouldn't be psychologists (note: skills to create research reports are only useful for researchers. Practicing psychologists really only have to read them. This is a point because that professor felt that the only 'real' application for psychology was pure research) and I've had 3rd generation unemployed people at bus stops tell me that they know exactly what use my career choice will be to the world and exactly how hard I'll have to work to get it; that I shouldn't bother and go get a real job. (note 2: the term 3rd generation unemployed means no-one since their great-grandparents has had a job. In Australia they tend to end up in public housing suburbs and spend their time in and out of court or prison for petty crime. In the USA, they'd probably constitute the majority of homeless people and hardcore drug addicts, but chances are they wouldn't necessarily be of a particular generation; it's our social welfare system that lets us categorise people so neatly)
Frankly, both knew fuck-all about the subject they were addressing. It's not relegated to any one political philosophy, it's just human nature; we think we're all mighty gods of intellect and understanding, even when we're talking about things we've never even heard about before. We like to think that our way of doing things is the end-all and be-all of reason and is thus the only way of doing things. I'm prone to it, you're prone to it, "leftists are conspiring to destroy civilisation" man is prone to it. It's something that we're never going to be fully rid of as a society, but even so we can at least control it a bit; but this stupid 'lol folksey wisdom!' bullshit just flat-out embraces it and tries to justify gut-instinct, ill-informed arguments about how useful this or that is. At least the other philosophies TRY to give justification for their prejudices beyond "LOL STUPID BOOK LEARNIN' ". It's a combination of willfull ignorance and economic rationalism; pure self serving dross based around the ideology of generating capital for the sake of generating capital.
I suppose it's because I've had this argument on a news site comments field lately and was infuriated by how thick some people are; suggestions that the LHC and discovery of the Higgs Bosun is a waste of money because the guy who theorised it didn't have any ideas as to applications for the discovery. Development and advancement requires the application of new ideas to existing situations in an attempt to solve problems or improve situations. But you can't do that if those ideas were never discovered in the first place. So yes, you can still solve problems with targeted research. but most of our major, revolutionary advancements have come from people taking an idea previously regarded as useless and applying it to a situation no-one had thought to apply it in before. That can't happen if we're discouraging people from studying 'useless' things that do not currently have a direct application. It's about the creation and circulation of ideas, not whether or not it's the optimal financial course of action for the circumstances that exist RIGHT NOW. It's a stereotype, but how prosperous would be we be if someone like Einstein or Newton had simply done the financially beneficial thing and applied their mathematical intellect to the financial system or some other do-nothing field? Almost nothing those scientists did had an actual application when they were devised, but they form the basis of almost every major field of applied sciences nowdays!
(teehee... "Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance - New York University" is a bad unit? Seems like discussing the causes of public discontent as a consequence of financial practices seems pretty damn useful in a finance degree to me! Ethics and public relations are pretty fucking important in business! Also notice some of the sources they're citing there. I like the Yahoo news article that directly contradicts a few of their points by telling us that a few of those 'useless' fields have 0% unemployment.)