If you don’t understand it or respect it you can’t use it

 I wish this could be true.  In fact, I sometimes feel that people who don’t respect science and have never bothered to understand it should not be allowed to benefit from it at all.

If you don’t believe in evolution, why should you benefit from the medicine that has been developed because of our understanding of genetics? If you think the world is 6,000 years old, why should you get to use the electricity that is generated with fossil fuels that took millions of years to form?

It drives me crazy that people think they have a right to regard established scientific fact as an opinion that they get to disagree with.  Millions of people seriously believe that their personal opinion should weigh as much as the work of scientists who dedicate their entire lives to studying the world we live in.  And those same people happily, greedily make use of the marvellous technological advancements which that research has bought us.  It makes me sad.

 

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