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.
Posted by Karlo at 10:10 am