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reply to Wolfie00
Re: This explains a lot: people are getting dumber I don't fall for the appeal to authority logical error, which what dropping credentials as singular proof of being right is. We had enough of that with the long census form.
There's nothing wrong with asking the question, the problem is not being able answer it summarily without spending gobs of money to do so; which is no doubt part of Crabtree's reasoning - he has to make a living too.
Not every theory is worth funding.
Today's Globe editorial sums is nicely:
The most striking thing about the study is that is reminds us that we are now smart enough to theorize that we are not as smart as we used to be. We have gathered evidence and used science to advance our understanding of ourselves to a level way beyond that of any person who lived 3,000 years ago, or even 300 years ago. We have all the same frailties as our ancestors we are still violent, greedy and, sometimes, willfully blind to fact but we are also more aware of the world around us than ever, we work harder to end wars than we do to start them, we believe in fundamental human rights and improving the lot of people less well off than us, we can decode DNA and search for the God particle, and we have developed and adapted to technologies that are continually making our lives richer.
No, were smarter than we used to be. A little more cynical too, but thats not the end of the world.
Logic requires one to deal with decisions that one's ego will not permit.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing - Edmund Burke.