> Aine Wrote:
> > And yet, some of us are still stuck in the
> > "religion guides all phase". There is a
> > of anti-science and anti-intellectualism going
> > now worldwide, the cult of ignorance lamented
> > Asimov and Sagan.
> Unfortunately it never goes away, since (again, as
> I discuss in my book) we are all children of the
> culture and religion of the heritage we happen to
> be brought up in. Education is supposed to be
> about questioning the automatic assumptions that
> go with that -- but once the fix is in it can be
> hard to undo, as there's always resistance to
> change. People cling to their comfort zones,
> especially when the change happens too fast, and
> these tend to be emotional and sentimental rather
> than intellectual. The only cold comfort to take
> from this is that when the ruins of our
> civilization are dug up by future archaeologists,
> it will be the science that is recognised,
> understood and perhaps even admired -- not the
Excellent response, thank you.
It's hard to take comfort in that fact knowing that I and others like me are being persecuted and called murderers for not only understanding science but trying to save lives. And still 700,000 people in this country are dead despite our best efforts, all because of religion, anti-intellectualism, ignorance and fear. Religion teaches you to not question anything and Christianity requires blind devotion. These are not educated people who question anything.
That's just a real-world example.
Archaeologists know far more (or think they do, anyway) about ancient religions than they do ancient science and technology. :))