[–] deadlifter_ 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I think this is a good thing. Most people lack the critical thinking skills to navigate competing truth claims and simply believe whatever they want or whatever the people they surround themselves with believe. The issue that might arise is professors who also lack critical thinking skills or whose teaching is influenced by leftist biases (because let's be honest, not very many conservatives in academia). Probably especially useful in North Carolina where this is happening. Most people in that region are stupid. Source: earned my master's at South Carolina U, everyone was stupid.

[–] SHIVASHIVASHIVA 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Is this why you are guzzling fluoride, because you have no critical thinking skills?

[–] Diggit 3 points -3 points (+0|-3) ago 

SCU is a shitty university; why you're proud of going to a shitty university while calling others stupid is... funny.

That being said, you initially start off your diatribe with "most people lack (the?) critical thinking skills to 'navigate' competing 'truth claims' and simply believe whatever they want or whatever the people they surround themselves with believe." You then prove yourself correct by engaging in an ignorant regurgitation of the regionist stereotype that "hur dur southerners are stupid."

As you continue to lick the keyboard, you do note that there is a lack of intellectual diversity on university campuses without attempting to critically examine why that happens, what are the results of it, and should it change. You then provide some pompous observation and declare it as truth because, well, "most people lack critical thinking skills."

You're a yank that went to a shitty university.

[–] deadlifter_ 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Let me preface this by telling you I am a far-right conservative, since you seem to have profiled me as otherwise based on your limited view of what a conservative is allowed to say to be in the club.

First of all, I know it's shit, which is why there are so many stupid people there. You should not have interpreted that as a brag. I only went there because it was the only place I could earn a master's in 9 months that accepted me. However, if you deny that most people lack critical thinking skills, I challenge you to come up with a reason for our domestic political situation (not Trump specifically, so don't get butthurt) and the fact that most of the population disputes facts and thinks they know more than the experts based on a few buzzwords and soundbites rather using having sound arguments that would hold up in a debate. So yes, I would love it if people stopped doing that and actually used their brains to independently generate their opinions.

Not sure what the last part was about. Why would I write a thesis paper on the lack of intellectual diversity on campus in a comment that focuses on something else entirely?

Also, southerners are stupid based on my personal experience in South Carolina, not based on a "regionist stereotype." It is endlessly fucking clear, and once again, I'm on my phone and in no mood to write thesis papers for some irrational kid on the internet.

All in all, 2/10 comment consisting almost entirely of shallow personal attacks and every potential criticism, most of which is baseless, you could muster. But thanks for the response.

[–] ArsCortica 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Kind of self-explaining, is it?

[–] NeedPolyGF 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Half of what the mainstream calls Science is Pseudoscience. E.g. Big Bang, Expanding Universe, Black Holes, Neutron Stars, String Theory, the Nebular Hypothesis, Evolution, 4.5 billion year old Earth, Tectonic Plate Subduction. Instead see http://qdl.scs-inc.us/?top=6031 The entire Education System is Corrupt.

[–] SHIVASHIVASHIVA 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Scientists are clowns...

[–] thats_disinfo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Did they test for belief in evidence-less pseudoscience such as abiogenesis, evolution, and the "big bang"? Belief in all three is faith-based.


Interestingly, here's the definition of "pseudoscience" from wikipedia:

"Pseudoscience consists of claims, beliefs, or practices presented as being plausible scientifically, but which are not justifiable by the scientific method... ...Pseudoscience is often characterized by the following: contradictory, exaggerated or unprovable claims; reliance on confirmation bias rather than rigorous attempts at refutation; lack of openness to evaluation by other experts; and absence of systematic practices when developing theories."

This applies to abiogenesis, evolution, and the "big bang" perfectly.

"“[W]e've been told by more than one of our colleagues that, even if Darwin was substantially wrong to claim that natural selection is the mechanism of evolution, nonetheless we shouldn't say so. Not, anyhow, in public. To do that is, however inadvertently, to align oneself with the Forces of Darkness, whose goal is to bring Science into disrepute.” (Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, What Darwin Got Wrong, page xx (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).)

“The enduring debates with creationists have also undoubtedly tended to discourage admission that major conceptual issues about evolution remain unresolved.” (John Dupré, "The Conditions for Existence," reviewing Not By Design: Retiring Darwin's Watchmaker by John O. Reiss, in American Scientist (March-April 2010).)

“It is dangerous to raise attention to the fact that there is no satisfying explanation for macroevolution. One easily becomes a target of orthodox evolutionary biology and a false friend of proponents of non-scientific concepts.” (Günter Theißen, "The Proper Place of Hopeful Monsters in Evolutionary Biology," Theory in Biosciences, Vol. 124: 349-369 (2006).)

Read more quotes here: http://www.ideacenter.org/resources/quotes.php

[–] The_Cat [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If you don't believe in evolution or the Big Bang, you clearly don't understand what these concepts are. If you have any specific questions about these topics I'd be happy to explain them to you.

And the current scientific concensus on abiogenesis is: "We don't know."

[–] thats_disinfo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Are you seriously claiming that anyone that doesn't believe in these things "doesn't understand them"? Clearly it's you that's ignorant of them. Read the quotes: http://www.ideacenter.org/resources/quotes.php

Many quotes are from evolutionists openly admitting their ignorance and bias against Intelligent Design.

There's also a growing list of 800+ PhD scientists who acknowledge that the evidence simply does not support Darwinism: http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org/

Please view the evidence before coming to a conclusion.

From the evidence-less "big bang" and its "infinite universes" (and, by extension, infinite yous doing infinitely random things), to impossible abiogenesis, to the sudden appearance of virtually all phyla of fully-formed and perfectly designed animals in the Cambrian Explosion, to the fraud-filled realm of "transitional fossils", there is no evidence for the "big bang", abiogenesis, or evolution.

“[W]e have a prior commitment … to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to … produce material explanations … Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” (Richard Lewontin, "Billions and Billions of Demons," New York Review of Books, January 9, 1997)

[–] NeedPolyGF 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You clearly don't understand what's wrong with Evolution and the Big Bang theories.

[–] 0x4F 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Except the humanities departments don't teach critical thinking, they teach critical theory. This rape-culture, white-privilege, 57 ketchup flavors of gender bullshit is just as ludicrous as young-earth creationism and homeopathy. Consider "neurodiversity," which teaches that autism is an "orientation" and mental illness doesn't exist, to be the leftist flipside of anti-vaxer beliefs. Similar to bug-chasing as a source of "pride" and just as anathema to science and the public health.

[–] Protoecall 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

You are born a critical thinker. Either you are or you aren't. They are quite rare as most people can only show glimpses of critical thinking. Most will not waste their time searching for other critical thinkers.

[–] Hydrocephalus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Indoctrination produces conformity.

[–] Figbash 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can lead a student to thought, but you cant make him think.. [ducking]

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