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What can we do to promote the metric system?

This will be a guided brainstorming session to answer a question that was asked after Randy Bancroft's lecture in June. Anyone who is interested in finishing the switch to metric is welcome.

I have chosen a brainstorming session because each time I talk to someone, I get different ideas about how to proceed, and a guided brainstorming provides opportunities to communicate information in a memorable way. As an example, I participated in a volunteer brainstorming session to help a small business plan an opening event. This business had an alligator as part of its logo, and we started to come up with all kinds of alligator related ideas. We had ideas for buttons, for cartoons, murals, people in alligator customs, and even ideas about live alligators, some pretty crazy. Someone said, "Wouldn't it be great if we had a live alligator do X?" and someone replied, "I have a friend who has an alligator who does that." At the end of twenty minutes we had discussed what makes a good opening event, the nature of alligators, and determined that this business had a good logo.

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  • Ken T.

    see below

    August 27, 2014

    • Dru W.

      How far below?

      August 27, 2014

  • Ken T.

    The answer is simple! It is too late to change. The cost will be prohibitive.
    Otherwise every manufacturing system/units (tools, gadgets, appliances...) will have to be changed from British to SI units...

    August 26, 2014

    • Dru W.

      WoW!!! That's totally depressing!! I'm gonna be bummed for the rest of the day. So, you mean that we're doomed to another thousand years of English inches and ounces and liquid ounces (how many ounces of what kind are there?) and there's NOTHING we can do about it. Nothing? I'm gonna need a therapist to help me get through this one.

      August 26, 2014

  • Dirk

    The metric system of measurement seems to be a well design system that makes science easier as apposed to our U.S. system that is based on the size of your king's feet, hands, fingers, etc and is difficult to use.
    To answer Ed's other question: What if we don't like the metric system? Do Not come to the meeting.

    August 26, 2014

  • Ed

    Just a couple of questions:

    What if we don't like the metric system?

    How is this related to atheism?

    August 21, 2014

    • Dru W.

      I do appreciate your point, Ed. There are many, many systems I don't like as well, but the metric system isn't one of them. As to the issue of atheism, that's different. Many carefully constructed and rigorously controlled studies have meticulous search through the bible (and the Koran and the Book of Morman) and NOT found a single mention of the metric system. What more proof could you ask for that the metric system is truly a godless system -- and one of the reasons that I don't NOT like it.

      August 25, 2014

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