9 April 2006

Skepticism should be taught in schools!

Cyberkitten has an excellent argument for adding the doctrine of unintelligent design to the K-12 curriculum, alongside evolution and intelligent design. To this, I think we should add the doctrine of skepticism, which has a long esteemed history in both the East and West. High school students, stressed out by having to remember all the rival theories (Hindu cyclical theory, divine autogenesis, creation by the flying spaggetti monster) may be relieved to know that one possible answer on every test is that the whole question is simply unknowable. Skepticism could have other benefits as well. Young people could be taught while young that there really is no way to know truth, that they should simply follow their leaders and watch their parking meters, that they should maintain that dunno-&-can't-know attitude at all cost.

6 comments:

CyberKitten said...

Thanks for the cite (again).

I did like the image of a rabbit forced to eat its own poop as a great argument against so-called 'intelligent design'...

that and exposed testicles.....

Karlo said...

Not the handiest thing when in a street fight, I'd agree.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Great idea (sceptism not exposed testicles)
Another interesting point is that, generally speaking, those that argue in favour of Intelligent design tend by their lack of intelligence to disprove their own argument.

Anonymous said...

Unintelligent Design, on the other hand, would seem to be irrefutable. If everyone who supports "UD" is an idiot, it proves their point, right?

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Teach skepticism and to question everything.

Pisces Iscariot said...

The logic is similar to that which dictates that if you're not a christian then you'll go to hell when you die.