“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie– deliberate, contrived and dishonest– but the myth– persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forbearers. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy Yale Commencement Address 1962
What are our individual responsibilities in the Information Age? To learn, inform ourselves, and critically examine our most cherished and persistent misbeliefs. To sort through the endless pseudosciences, teleologies, propaganda, and comfort ideologies to arrive as close to the true history and evolution of our species. To scrutinize and challenge those who knowingly or unknowingly disseminate disinformation, superstition, and falsehood however sincerely offered, and to become vigilant purveyors of knowledge, science, and awareness of the splendor and terror of what it has meant to be human — from our earliest beginnings to our present day reality.
The Allure of Pseudoscience by Sebastian Normandin http://disq.us/8ok68j