The end of Polio in India
Imagine how many lives, how much money, how much time has been wasted pedalling and protecting ourselves from ideas born of ignorance.
Critical thinking is paramount. It outstrips many formally-taught subjects that it forms the basis of.
Some ideas are so dangerous, so sticky that it can take decades to stamp them out. Institutionalised ignorance on a mass scale is not going to be dislodged by a newspaper redaction and a PR campaign.
Mental pitfalls like “Vaccinations cause autism”, “Homeopathy is worth funding”, form the basis of modern-day Darwinian Natural Selection. And when it comes to this, I’m inclined to let these people live and die by their values if they choose to. However, what I really object to is when the decision affects a third party. Where their son or daughter have to live with the perils of those early parental decisions. Even a tome as outdated and archaic as the bible warns us against sins of the father.
March 24th 2014
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