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Posted by Harvey on June 3, 2002 23:01:18 UTC

**If creationism is so obviously false as you say, then why are you scared? You know it will not catch on since it has no scientific backing at all, right? Or does it?***

The mass population depends on expert advice in order to know what our best science indicates is the case. If the population becomes confused by what is in fact legitimate science, then the population will equate scientific experts with pure opinion. This has devasting consequences since the public will be less likely to support expensive programs such as space telescopes, particle accelerators, etc that can cost in the billions of dollars. If this happens, then science will produce less knowledge which would only reinforce the notion that science is not worthwhile to earn our tax funds (thereby giving pseudo science even more help).

This might seem impossible given the success science has in the world, but I think it is very misleading. History shows that cultural revolutions can foil progress. This happened in Greece, Rome, Islam, China, and many other places. The lesson is that there is a waging battle between ignorance and knowledge. Ignorance is always trying to destroy knowledge, and this can occur in many ways.

Less-fundamentalist religions have almost always been a fertile ground for science. Science has always benefitted in societies where the people had religious ideals that was strong enough to tolerate contradictions and challenges from the knowledge created by science and philosophy. It was only those weak-minded religious people that sought to fight the advance of knowledge, and sometimes they were successful.

I think it is entirely possible that science could be underminded by fundamentalism. That's why it is important to strive to advance our knowledge and expose everyone as much as possible to this knowledge. As people become aware of scientific knowledge, they are more likely to become exposed to enlightened religions, which in my view is how we advance our society.

Warm regards, Harv

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