The answer, my friend, is and always has been: NO.
Thus, a long-winded rant. With the most recent Bill Nye show, I got to thinking about science. Some people talking about “the turn we have taken
away from genuine science and into the realm of public opinion, funding, and other various platforms which breed corruption”. This is true, except
this isn’t a turn. It’s always been this way. Oh how I wish I could say that ‘long gone’ are the days when scientists questioning reality from
the puritans of the day – but I cannot. Instead we have a new form of puritans who use science as a way to stifle critical thinking, cook numbers
for funding, and a variety of other means which are meant solely to fit agendas and shape policy. But they are idiots. We all are idiots. Red versus
Blue said this best.
And I'd like to prove this mathematically if I may. Take your current age. Now subtract ten years from it. Were you smart back then? Of course you
weren't. You were a God damn idiot. Fact of the matter is, you're just as big an idiot today, it's just gonna take you ten more years to realize.
Pythagoras theorized the Earth must be a sphere and Aristotle popularized the idea but still believed the Earth was in a geocentric system.
Aristarchus and Eratosthenes measured the circumference of the earth and became convinced that the Earth must rotate around the sun. Yet Plato,
Aristotle, and Ptolemy already made a model of the universe, and it was geocentric so the model Aristarchus made did not gain popularity until
Copernicus and Galileo. Finally, Newton finalized the heliocentric model, some two thousand years later. Imagine how far astronomy would have
progress in two thousand years if we had been open and thoughtful to the newer models when Aristarchus first proposed them.
Yet, the puritans of today will state “It is settled science!” to anything they don’t actually want to debate or put time into thinking about.
What is wrong with good discourse? Nothing. The truth of it is: why the center of the universe, the center of the solar system was such a big deal is
someone thought this is the way it is, and sold that belief structure. TPTB can get robbed of authority on the subject, and as keyholders to knowledge
they must safeguard it from all of those troublesome interlopers. Knowledge is a form of currency, after all. “Pay no attention to the man behind
I sometimes also ask myself: When will we admit that we don’t know a lot more than we do know.
We can map a genome and boldly state things such as
“ You inherit your
intelligence from your mother!
” which then opens the old can of worms
“Can you inherit intelligence?
” which then opens a can of worms
inside that can of worms “Which
genes influence intelligence?
” Inside that can a small ketchup packet of worms,
If intelligence can be
inherited, do certain races (which share genetic markers) naturally have higher intelligence?
” which then the puritans slam that can of worms
shut and go “THAT’S RACIST
”. That leads to conversations like
“ We should just ban this. Put this can of worms
away on a high high shelf and ignore what it could mean because people are generally jerks.
". Why not have an honest discussion about
intelligence and start with "Holy crap… so, okay, we don’t know anything."
What is worse, is even on this site which is (in my opinion) a bastion of critical thinkers, the questioners, the people who look reality in the face
and so help me question it all… yet we run into those who continually test our google skills to “CITE YOUR SOURCES” rather than to actually
critically think and assess the information. Do any of you really care that I have gone through 8 years of university and am an expert in
psychological training (psychology with a focus on leadership theory and human motivation), with years of application experience, papers, research and
so forth accredited to my name? That I have membership to international honors societies in the topic of human motivation and group thinking? That I
might actually know what I’m talking about, writing about when I post things? Nope. Some only care if I can google a news article I read. And the
fact is, you really shouldn’t care about either of these things, my credentials or my ability to link an article
. These things, in the end
actually do not matter when compared to the ability and joy of thinking. The sad fact is any article or study you can dig up, I could find one that
counters this argument. The point is to take information and become a consumer of it and actually think about it. I mean think, not just read and
assimilate information, but pick it apart. Argue it. Confirm it. And by God is it tiring, but this is how to think.
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