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Go to: Why We Don't Believe in Science

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The article itself shows why science education has been such a failure: because of the naturalistic approach to the human mind. In the end, according to this, it's all because we are naturally stupid. It goes so far as to saying that the sun revolving around the earth is a "natural belief". It isn't, it is an ideology, a succesful cultural explanation that may rely on prima facie inferences, but still mediated culturally.

When scientist begin to acknowledge that the failure of science education is the failure of a cultural project, we'll be taking steps forward instead of backward. It won't work "naturally", people have to make it work.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:20:11 UTC | #946345

Go to: Jon Stewart Doesn’t Understand How Science Works Even a Little Bit

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Two points:

  1. This was not, obviously, an intellectual exchange that went on in the academic world. It was just a TV show with the usual "man on the street" logic that characterizes mass culture. But religion has so much power precisely because it relies heavily on that type of pedestrian reasoning. So, for the cause of secularism, this highlights the importance of using wisely the cultural tools of mass culture to deliver the message to the common man.

  2. The basic theist strategy here, which seems to gain more popularity every day is: "tell me all that science knows so far. After you've done that, we'll agree that this will be the region of science, the rest (the unknown) belongs to us the theist, who will then populate that region with all the divine creatures that we want, because you scientist don't know." This argument gives theists the advantage of flexibility: no matter how much science progresses, it will just set up a new limit, after which there will always be a region reserved for faith. You can do that and even sound as reasonable to the common man as Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Stewart. If we could reenact a similar conversation going on 400 years ago, we would listen something like: "sure, we know now that the Earth moves around the sun, but we don't know why it moves, so the only explanation is that someone does it, and that someone is God." The classical "appeal to ignorance" fallacy.

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:57:42 UTC | #936535

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