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The Hazards of Well-Intended Ignorance

The Hazards of Well-Intended Ignorance

community, conservatism, contemplation, Creation, critical judgment, culture, Education, epistemology, Ideology, mind, quantum physics, Science, SETI, Skeptic, Spirituality, Wholeness, world
In October of 2014, I published a post on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) in which I distinguished two senses of SETI: scientific SETI and religious SETI. I said that scientific SETI is a legitimate scientific discipline that partakes of all the conventional evidentiary criteria and methodology that attend any other area of scientific research. But I also said that religious SETI is, like virtually all similar misappropriations of science, a pseudo-science in which conclusions are drawn in advance of evidence, with scientific theories being “reverse engineered” to support those preconceived conclusions. This “bass-ackwards” approach thrives in a nation like the United States in which First World communications technology enables people with non- and even anti-scientific...