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Stafford Gordon's Avatar Jump to comment 42 by Stafford Gordon

The final paragraph is chilling.

I think it's safe to say that people who've been afflicted by religion at an early age find it incredibly difficult to free themselves from the dogmas which as children they believed implicitly; they just can't quite let go of that comfort blanket.

Evolution is so manifestly true that I find it hard to believe that people of faith can't really see as much, but masses of them can't; it is really weird.

The paucity and poor quality of science education results in non scientists failing to understand what a theory is. They think it's a kind of hunch or inkling or wishful thinking. No, that's religion.

It's not understood that in science theories are the result of the accumulation of findings reached via rigorous, disciplined processes which finally unite and explain facts about matter; if they survive the pounding they receive that is.

And even then they remain vulnerable to being superceded by new discoveries which occur in the sciences all the time.

Theories are permanently in foxholes.

Tue, 29 May 2012 17:16:51 UTC | #944264