Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Idiots and Common Sense

Posted on | August 30, 2011 | No Comments

Warning : I’m about to abandon political correctness here. If on this day in 2011, you are still busily denying climate changes or publicly questioning the theory of evolution, you are an idiot. Period.

It seems harsh? Nevertheless it is the only editorial line I can follow. After all, in different places on the planet is being waged what others have termed “war” on science. Attempts are made through various means to bring disrepute to climate researchers. In Canada, public funds devoted to the study of climate have been slashed. Academics studying and publishing on the topics of evolution and climate are intimidated with threats of all kind.

Faced with a war on science we first tried to fight back with the lessons it taught us. We try to keep our cool, not to be to obnoxious in order not to worsen the conflict, we try to bring sensible and thoughtful arguments and the deeper our reflection gets, the more we are under attack. The deeper our reflection gets, the further away it drifts out of these idiots’ grasp, the more it becomes vulnerable.

This approach will not work. The conflict won’t disappear all by itself. Waiting on the sidelines is dangerous for the long term consequences of this attitude on our environment, our education system, our culture and our economy are clearly getting worse as time goes by. Doing nothing only dumps the problem unto future generations – a habit for which my generation actually criticizes the previous ones. Face with the ignorant war, we must cover our opponents with scorn, isolate them in their extremism, caricature them, corner them in order to neutralize them. After all, if someone wishes so deeply to live in darkness, let’s confine him or her there.

Fighting fire with fire is not always an appropriate response, yet here lack of action will only worsen the issue. I am and remain a convinced proponent of communication, education and research. But from now on, faced with voluntary blindness, I will have but one editorial line: the hard (and sometimes humorous) one.


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