The Age of Opinion
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The Age of Opinion

Modern scientific illiteracy and its consequences

The Age of Opinion

There is a chronic issue with our societal understanding of science and how to think analytically. The issues? We often believe to know more than we do. We are inclined to fabricate truth rather than doubt our ideas and risk being proven wrong. Most tragic of all, many of us have allowed ourselves to become staid in our ignorance of nature, of science, of intellectualism. We are content in our catalysts of misinformation. Facebook feeds plagued by flat-Earth claims and conspiracy theories among other thought-scum is an all to frequent occurrence. Fundamental misunderstanding of the process of science and an uncomfortable skepticism of well-supported scientific claims proliferate among the populous and halls of government. Scientific apathy is not a new phenomenon. At points in the histories of civilizations reason, rationalism critical though, curiosity among other aspects have been addressed with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The point. There is always a camp which prefers to remain uncurious and fails to recognize the importance of intellectual understanding.

It is an unfortunate consequence of the complex and objective presence of study of natural laws which often dissuades those unwilling to understand science to dismiss the scientific community as pompous, or self-righteous. The fact of the matter is that the role of those dedicated to the process of science is to improve the quality of human understanding, not peruse some hidden agenda as Alex Jones or other misinformed, often delusional political commentator would have you believe.

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