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Comment author: CuSithBell 12 May 2011 09:44:34PM 7 points [-]

However, I think the average person probably heard the theory and just took it as a confirmation of a stereotypical non-materialist worldview, i.e. a curiosity-stopper.

Do you think this is significantly different from the average person's interaction with modern scientific theories?

Comment author: Dreaded_Anomaly 12 May 2011 09:59:37PM 1 point [-]

Probably not, but it takes a much more significant degree of willful misinterpretation somewhere along the line to construe modern scientific theories as supporting non-materialist worldviews.

Comment author: CuSithBell 13 May 2011 05:33:09PM 0 points [-]

I suppose that's probably right - I guess people are more likely to think "science supports a materialistic worldview (but can't explain everything)" (except when, like, quantum mechanics or superstrings or whatever come into play). So, less "non-materialst", but still an appreciable degree of "curiosity stopping". Hmm.