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37 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2008 05:47AM

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Comment author: kevin3 28 March 2008 04:00:17PM 0 points [-]

Mastering science is hard work...and it requires a willingness to ask hard questions and explore them wherever they may lead. Most secret cults survive by demanding allegiance to the faith, obedience to doctrine, and rejecting any critical examination of those beliefs or their origins.

Science, despite its lack of pop culture acclaim, is responsible for most of the progress in this world---progress against disease, against poverty, progress in describing and understanding the world and the universe in which we live. The openness of science to questions and to critical examination, and its adherence to standards of verification, make it the best method we have for separating truth from myth.

It does not however rid the world of stupid people....and that, my friend, is the real problem