posted on May, 6 2011 @ 02:12 PM
Originally posted by FoxBenBen
reply to post by jclmavg
Im kind of put off that you have insinuated that one needs a phd or degree in order to discuss the possibility of alien life... just because someone
hasn't gotten a piece of paper from a school ...doesn't mean they can't read the same books or have the same ability to understand what you took in
school....jesus most universities are over packed and its up to the individual to make something of what they are taught...there are alot of people
in the world that can keep up qwith whatever ( insert education here). the only difference is that they didnt pay thousand of dollars to learn
it...but the phd bs away cause its sounds liek your saying...i have a phd and i know more than you... when in all reality its was the educated who
proposed the earth was falt in the past...its was a guy with a phd who stated that life can only exists with carbon....and tehn low and behold someone
makes a discovery that blows all that hogwash out of the water...please don't go here...cause the guy who cleans your plumbing could also be smarter
This was not directed at me, but I feel the need to reply before I meander on to another thread.
On the surface your idea has merit. Certainly, anyone with the ability to read can
read 'A Brief History of Time', but to get anything out of
it on your own, you need to have studied for quite some time. You will need to have not only taught yourself advanced sciences, but also how to apply
that knowledge to the raw information being read in the book. University helps with that.
University teaches people how to think BEFORE it puts you on a path of study.
There are a lot of smart people on ATS that do not know how to think critically. Almost without fail they do not have an advanced degree.
As for all of Science's missteps I have to point out that its ability to be proven wrong is Science's single greatest safeguards. Unlike other ways
man has decided to try to go about figuring out his surroundings, Science demands that every explanation be mathematically proven as to be repeatable
or repeatably verified.
Who are making the largest percentage of scientific discoveries?
Classically trained academics.
This is verifiable data.
Also, about the person that cleans my plumbing..
She is far more educated than I am.. in cleaning plumbing. I wouldnt have hired her if she didn't know about plumbing. Is this to say she doesn't
know anything about anything else? Nope. But if she isn't a classically trained academic with years of experience, I don't really care about her
opinion all that much. I will chat with her if she has an interest, but that doesnt mean I am going to be citing her as a reference.