Thursday, March 27, 2014

Daily Kos on 'Cosmos' and manufactured ignorance

Full-sized original here.

Also, last week's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Gravity Waves from the Big Bang) on Daily Kos included the following links that relate to this topic, showing that profit motive alone isn't the only producer of ignorance.

This week in science: The study of ignorance by DarkSyde

Creationists and Cosmos by LaFeminista

Science Versus Christianity – An Ancient Race by liberaldad2

I'll be back later with the promised entry on the most read posts inspired by The Archdruid.  How much later, I'm not saying right now.


  1. Nebs Sez
    Apr. 4th, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    "Democracy is Very Hard Work. It requires attention, focus and critical thinking. These are traits that the vast majority of humans have proved incapable of developing. A smaller number of humans are simply unwilling to do so.

    This is basic reason Mass Democracy has failed. And this is why democracy can be 'bought', because Big Money can use advertising to tell an electorate that is incapable and/or unwilling to think for itself what it should think.

    Until The Franchise becomes a Privilege that has to be earned, that can only be acquired by using attention, focus and critical thinking, then democracy will always fail. Always."

    1. Nebs, you find yourself in the unenviable intersection of Heinlein and Greer. You agree with Heinlein in "Starship Troopers," although not in his other fiction, that the franchise is too broadly extended. You agree with Greer that the main problem with democracy is that people don't or can't or aren't willing to think critically. I wonder how you like being in that company?