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 Assunto da Mensagem: Another relic of the 20 century that Academia does not need
 Mensagem Enviado: Quarta Fev 14, 2018 5:58 pm 
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Highly competitive sports are just a die hard relic of the XX century but the most bizarre thing is that Universities fell in temptation to please a rising sport market and as a consequence sport performance has even become a science worth university status. For instance when someone enters the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences one can read “moving knowledge forward” but I can´t help reading it as “moving civilization backwards”.

In my view competitive sports are just something that comes from a past of fighting for survival, of competition to the death, with a high resemblance to males in the wild fighting each other in order to be able to mate with many females as possible to pass their "superior" genes. Of race improvement and eugenics. Of winners and losers, of us versus them. And that´s a narrative that we do not need in the 21 century. Even Olympic games make no sense in the 21 century because the heroes (the role models) of this century ought to be those that help Humanity to solve their many and worrying problems not those that spend thousands of hours training in or order to be the human that runs faster, jumps higher or that throws a heavy object to a longer distance. That´s nothing more than a meaningless and unsustainable waste of valuable resources.

To make things worse let´s not forget that the sports teams in the Universities in US have a long record of scandals including forging the grades of thousands of students, match fixing, you name it. And the recent Nassar scandal is a very good example of how a university reputation can be tainted for such connections. The simple fact that highly competitive sports are now more and more associated to the doping industry and the multimillion rising match fixing would be reason enough for universities to avoid such dark area:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roomykhan/ ... ced36c75ec
http://www.spiegel.de/international/bus ... 54610.html

If the work of intellectuals is to transform the unthinkable into plausible it would be a great achievement if academia were able to convince society about how highly competitive sports keep us imprisoned to our tribal past thus preventing the advancement of Humanity towards the type 1 civilization that we need to become.


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