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Old 10-03-2011, 06:20 PM
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Default Re: Public knowledge in science. Overrated.

Originally Posted by graz View Post
No offers to dissuade from me. I think your instincts and applied reasoning are correct. I agree with Ocean that progress requires applied knowledge and critical thinking. Although, assuming better political outcomes as a result of a more informed electorate, is overly optimistic. The evidence for such cause and effect is thin and fleeting. Which isn't a mark against education. It's more a sober assessment of how power and politics work in the good ole USA.
Just to be clear, if this the topic that we now want to address, IMO education is necessary but not sufficient. I sort of assumed that was obvious. We need a change from the top as well. Bottom up would take too long and there are too many possible obstacles that can derail the process.
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