From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 16:12:54 -0600 Fwd Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 07:20:39 -0500 Subject: Re: Stupidity In The New Age Of Anti-Science - >From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 05:48:54 -0800 >Subject: Stupidity In The New Age Of Anti-Science >Source: The Scotsman >http://news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=160812004 >10 February 2004 >Stupidity in the new age of anti-science >Gillian Bowditich >SOME 3.7 million people claim to have been abducted by aliens. >Only 11 per cent of Americans believe in evolution. Type "Flat >Earth Society" into the Google search engine on the internet and >you will have a choice of 466,000 sites. How did we get this >stupid? We started getting stupider when we hauled out the broadest brush we could find and then started painting with it. Could we have a breakdown as to what percentage of abductees believe in evolution? Or how many "Flat Earthers" claim to have been abducted? You know, I've never read an article like this mention that a majority - a BIG majority - of real, live, rational scientists believe in God. This fact is not offered as any kind of refutation of the suggestion that people are getting stupider. I personally don't believe in God, but I don't claim that to prove I'm more intelligent than someone who does. I'm only suggesting that rationality and intelligence are only tangentially linked, and that some of the world's greatest minds believe and have believed some of the most irrational, stupid things. Why? Because reality is complex and subtle, and remains mostly unexplored and unexplained. Because we're creatures of our time, and can only work and think within existing frameworks. And because the smartest people on the planet are those who understand how little they really know.
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