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We do our peers, countrymen, students, and children a grave disservice by admonishing them to think for themselves without also giving them the critical thinking tools to do so, for in so doing we foster a culture where "independent thought" is equated with "contrarian thought". This gives rise to an anti-intellectual, anti-science paradigm that supports an idea not because it meets a basic standard of evidence, but rather simply because it opposes established thought. This is worse than the intellectual calcification that stagnant "herd thinking" would give rise to, because it doesn't simply halt progress- it puts it in full retreat.

This post inspired by yet another web site that not only supports moon hoax theories, but also supports the geocentric model of the universe in all seriousness.


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Aug. 24th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
That's a very well-put point. I hope you don't mind me quoting it
Aug. 24th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I don't mind a bit, and in fact I'm quite flattered! I appreciate the attribution.
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Aug. 24th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Add away! I only hope that you find my ramblings worth reading. :-)

Love your analysis of feline language, BTW.
Aug. 25th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I find it interesting that the site appears to have mostly self-consistent explanations of the seasons, moon phases, tides, eclipses, etc.

I'm a bit confused though as to what he's got against Jesuits.
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