Saturday, August 12, 2017

Welcome To The Future

What would Carl Sagan say?
Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World” was meant as a way to introduce the everyday person to the scientific method, and encourage skeptical and critical thinking. Sagan noted that as he wrote the book, the most rented videotape was the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” and young people’s favorite show was “Beavis and Butt-Head.” Sagan feared that the desire to learn anything would be “undesirable,” and people would celebrate ignorance.

As Sagan wrote his vision of the future, he noted that key manufacturing industries will have left America. He predicted that public represesntatives will hardly be able to grasp issues, and that people will lack the knowledge to question those in power. He also noted that the dumbing down of America will be evident in the media, who will reduce their news to quicker soundbites, and pseudoscience will be celebrated over real science.
The dumber we are, the more gullible we are...

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