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When I read letters here where the writers revel in their ignorance, such as the recent letters denying evolution and climate change, I feel pity.


Date published: 6/19/2014

When I read letters here where the writers revel in their ignorance, such as the recent letters denying evolution and climate change, I feel pity.

In this era of instant access to knowledge, there is no excuse for such ignorance.

To prefer a book written by Bronze Age people who thought epileptic seizures were caused by demons and that the Earth was flat, or to blindly accept the rants of talking heads on TV rather than learn the discoveries of our age is willful ignorance.

In just the last 15 years, we have discovered more than humans have known since we first lit a fire. We have instant access on our smartphones to far more knowledge than any generation before us.

It would behoove us to take advantage of that rather than wallow in ignorance.

Evolution is a fact--supported by ever-growing reams of evidence. Climate change is a fact--with a rapidly shrinking window of opportunity for keeping our world habitable for our species.

Believing otherwise is mere fantasy, more suitable for children than adults living in the Information Age. To parade one's ignorance with pride and derision while denying actual facts is pitiable.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson said that "science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other." It's time to stop fooling around and deal with actual facts.

As the late Carl Sagan said, "It's far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Marci Shaver

King George