The thing is people always seem to want things to be simple…...and while some things can be, others are far more complicated. But because complexity and depth are problems for our short-attention-span world, I’ve decided to continue the rest of this post in a format of brief, easy-to-understand ‘bullets’. I’ve also limited my list to ten, because everyone seems to like when a collection of points coincide with how many fingers they have. To the smart readers who will probably find the following snippets obvious: My apologies.
1: Neither the Earth nor the universe care one bit what you believe…….meaning you can choose to believe that a glass of boiling water is really just cold, bubbling seltzer, but if you try to drink it you will still burn your mouth because the water doesn’t care what you thought it was. Likewise, the universe does not care what religious or political beliefs you hold.
2: A ‘scientific theory’ is not speculation from some Sherlock Holmes in a lab coat…..meaning the “Theory of Evolution” is not comprised of the same idle speculation as your hunch on who ate the last cookie. Which brings us to…….
3: If you know nothing about scientific method, or logic, or scientific terminology, you should probably learn………...or if not, just keep your mouth shut. Remember, as the oft-misattributed saying goes: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
4: I personally find it interesting that conservatives, who are usually the ones who dismiss the word of modern scientists, are perfectly willing to take the word of a bunch of Iron Age Jews as a basis for their beliefs. I think this may be because they are on the same academic level when it comes to science? Which brings us to…….
5: Willingness to accept science seems very conditional. It’s ironic how a conservative with cancer is way more open to even the most theoretical treatment from a doctor or scientist, yet refuses to believe them when they warn against man-made climate change. I guess just like “there are no atheists in foxholes”, “there are no science-deniers in cancer wards”. Science-deniers also seem quite content to acquire the latest I-Phone…...even if they haven’t the slightest idea of how it works.
6: Normally I don’t care how stupid a person chooses to be, but if their ignorance endangers me or my loved ones, I do take exception. It’s not a matter of “being right”, it’s a matter of survival. I used to even have sympathy for the stupid, but now that they are so happy about it, and are gathering in number, I feel less charitable.
IQ - I = Q........A quotient sans intelligence. Actually these are Trump-following QAnon folks. If you are not familiar with "QAnon" it's a deep state code word for "mind numbingly stupid".
Which brings us to……..
7: Ignorance never used to be a source of pride…..and probably still shouldn’t be.
8: Not having a complete answer does not negate the validity of looking for one.
9: Statistical correlations are not proof of causality unless causality was specifically tested for. So when you read that "a recent survey shows a correlation between health and happiness" and they try to imply that being happy leads to a healthier life, it could just as easily be that being healthy makes people happy.
10: Your legal right to an opinion is not validation of that opinion……..meaning believing something does not make it so. Just ask Galileo.