Cargo Cults

Submitted by: Bachi-Atari 4 years ago in

Or, white man messin" with everybody!
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Male 15,335
There are a lot of southern pacific islands like this. Backwards places like Vanuatu, Melanesia, PNG and Australia, where the locals will believe in anything set before them, such as the Australian Labour Party.
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Male 1,569
Troll `m with an RC plane...
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Male 109
`Twas aliens!
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Female 2,602
Richard Feynman wrote an excellent commencement address for his inauguration at CalTech in 1974, likening the approach some so-called scientists take to their work as being akin to these cargo cults. I see it in my work (software development) all the time too: people who see the behaviours of successful people/teams/companies, and who try to replicate their success by copying the superficial aspects of their behaviour, but with no deep understanding of why certain behaviours are pertinent in some circumstances but irrelevant and inapplicable in others. The results those people get are often about as successful as the `airports` built by cargo cults are in attracting aircraft. And it`s just as big a mystery to them why they`re unsuccessful.

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Male 559
no more strange than any other religion. Quite a bit less strange than some...
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Female 836
This is why people are basically crazy. 1. See something you don`t understand. 2. Make up some nonsense so it fits into your world.

Every culture does this.
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Male 560
And look up the Prince Phillip Movement, Cargo cult which worships the Duke of Edinburgh, consort to Queen Elizabeth II.
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Male 560
Always the white man`s fault....
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Male 263
HOBY: pretty sure he was, but can`t always trust that.
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Male 3,060
Gerry is being ironic, Bachi-Atari.
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Male 3,060
Thought this was a scene from The Gods Must Be Crazy at first. Also, they don`t seem too bothered by the giant camera up in their faces.
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Male 263
"Huh?
I thought the Cargo Cult were those fashion retards who wear cargo pants."

Please be sarcasm.
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Male 40,250

Huh?
I thought the Cargo Cult were those fashion retards who wear cargo pants.
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Female 6,381
This is from the 1962 film "Mondo Cane," the name being Italian for "a dog`s world." It`s a pastiche of odd cultural practices and rituals from around the world; the cargo cult segment is the last, hence the big THE END.
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Male 15,832
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

-- Arthur C. Clarke`s 3rd Law.
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Male 1,920
If they really wanted to mess with em, they would land a small RC plane there and watch `em all try to figure out how to get in it.
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Male 1,268
"well isn`t that depressing"

Doesn`t help that I`ve never seen an aboriginal portrayed in media smile. Fairly certain that`s true of even american natives set in period material. Like the whole game is "Make sure they look depressed."
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Male 5,314
well isn`t that depressing
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Female 519
O.o dude..
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Male 263
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