Hate Of Science Is Wrong


 
Many people hate science, but love quasi-science books about bits that fall off Jupiter and the Pyramids that came from Outer Space. The hatred of real science and the love of quasi-science are opposite sides of the same coin.
 
The first is deeply pernicious
 
The second is merely inevitable
 
It is sad that so many miss all the fun in good science, and it is blasphemous to be sent into this world with trillions of brain cells, and to shutter them off against the more vigorous half of human thought. It is Philistine not to see that a fact and a theory, simple components of knowledge, are a way of coming to terms with nature. Perhaps the greatest force causing the hatred of science has been the mistaken idea that science deals in inhuman truths, that could be ground out of machines if enough facts were fed in. Science is a human activity, dependant on human imagination, setting itself the obligation of bouncing its ideas against reality. Prejudice against science, leads to ignorance. Ignorance leads to frustration and fear. Prejudice, ignorance, frustration, and fear, together lead to hatred.
 
There must be nothing worse to find that there is a whole world out there of incomparable pedigree that has become inaccessible.
 
It is not too awful to be confronted with people cleverer than oneself in science, it happens quite a lot. But it is intolerable to share the world with people who are party to knowledge and ways of thinking that make one’s own ideas seem petty. Our response is to fabricate another esoteric world of ideas that seem to challenge the ideas that are so bothersome. So, for example, if modern astronomy seems omniscient, let us erect alternative theories that challenge its claim, whilst casting orthodox science in the role of the lame and also ran. The hatred of science, might in a hundred years fade into history; a quaint phenomenon of the 20th century.
 
Quasi-science will remain as a perpetual epiphenomenon.
    Condensation of an Article by Colin Judge, ‘New Scientist’ 7th April 1983.

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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