2 comments on “The Spread of Ignorance

  1. It has always been my belief that people are not ignorant by choice but by the vast amounts of disinformation they receive. Marketers have for years used this technique to sell people what they do not need or to convince them of a truth that does not exist.

    A lot of that, also, is partly the blame of people who are generally accepting of what the so-called “experts” have to say, and thereby end up being herded in directions they might not otherwise take, if they use reason and common sense to question the “experts.” Take for instance the dozens of diet fads in the last two decades alone. The only people who really benefited are the authors/sellers of those concepts. The best diet has always been moderation, plain and simple.

    • Hi Ralph. Welcome back.

      Totally agree. If people could learn the basics of scientific reasoning — doubt, scepticism, questioning — it would go a long way. The hard part is overcoming our tendency to fallacious reasoning. We tend to believe authorities. We confuse correlation with causation. There are a lot of pitfalls, and it’s easier to believe a good story.

      I start with doubt. My doubt sustains me.-)


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