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Good post. Am I sheltered if I found ICP's "Miracles" already enough of an unintentional self-parody, and SNL's satire rather unnecessary? I guess, yes I am--I rarely have to deal with this frontier of anti-intellectual self-affirming ignorance. I think part of the danger of these loud, extreme minorities is the danger they pose to the much larger number of people who are very passive about evaluating knowledge. Ordinary people aren't well equipped, and those vulnerable can't easily defend themselves from the demagogues, their own cognitive biases, or even recognize that it's important to do so. It's more important to have answers than to appreciate the significance of the questions. That's what bothers me.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on wonder of wonders at Cocktail Party Physics
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