Knowledge Chasm

There is a widening knowledge chasm and we see a prevalence of simpler belief systems.

Before the advent of modern science, you could define the known reality in simple terms. You saw the Sun, the Moon, and rain — you felt the wind. Explanations for natural phenomenon were scarse.

As science evolves and complexifies itself, the general populace is less and less in touch with that “refined reality”. Ask people in the streets what is trigonometry and most people will tell you” it’s something you learn in school and it was boring”, without being able to elaborate much.

Now ask them what is a 6D Manifold, a virtual black holes, quantum computers, super string theory, or the benefits of nanotechnology. My guess is that you’ll get a lot or perplexed looks and no answers.

It seems some countries, such as the USA, have a significant part of their population dropping out of the complexification and reverting to simpler explanations. Instead of keeping with the ever developing branches of sciences, we hear the “God made it” explanation very often. Sometimes, it is disguised as pseudo-science as in the Creation Science and its spinoff, Intelligent Design.

What will happen in 50 years, when our understanding of the natural worl in 1000 more complex and layered as now? Will 80% of the population still practice superstitious rituals and not have a clue how things around them work? I think so.

What reality do you live in?

Here are a few questions to help define what reality you live in. This is useful before starting a debate on human evolution, cosmology, history, religion, science, etc.

  1. Do you believe the answers to everything are contained in a single book, written at least 2000 years ago?
  2. Do you believe the Earth was formed less than 6000 years ago?
  3. Do you believe in the laws of physics (gravity, electromagnetism, etc)?
  4. Do you believe certain entities defy laws of physics?
  5. Do you accept strange things and concepts because someone told you so, without seeking explanation or second opinions?
  6. Do you believe in angels, giants, gosts, unicorns, leprecauns, hobbits, gnomes, etc
  7. Do you consider science and scientists test their hypothesis and arrive at conclusion based on evidence, as impartially as possible?
  8. Do you consider science and scientists are anti-God, liars, or evil?
  9. Are you convinced you’ll spend 12 trillions years at least in paradise because you fulfilled 1 of the 8 conditions cited in the Bible (accepting Jesus as your savior)?
  10. Do you believe everybody that doesn’t believe in the same god as you do, or use a different version of the book, or believe in a slightly different version of your religion will burn on hell forever?

If you answer yes to those questions, then any rational discussion with someone outside your group is very difficult.