Propaganda and Critical Thought, Specialists Need

If we in the general public attempt even the tiniest insights into the nature and source of reality, we may rely solely on the authority of specialists like theorists in particle theory or astrophysics. If we do that, we risk losing the ability to think for ourselves about things which concern not only specialists, but all of us. The less we think critically for ourselves, the more we yield to indoctrination, letting others think for us.

Some theorists like Frank Close, John Gribbin, or Brian Cox strive to help us think about these matters, but from their high perch of expertise in cosmology or particle physics, they no longer realize how far their writings remain beyond general comprehension. Some bring clarity better than others, for example, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Peter Woit, and Lawrence M. Krauss.

A huge chasm remains. We meed many more writers whose expertise is clarity. To bridge the chasm we need generalists, trained in the sciences, who can translate and unpack contributions by specialists for readers and viewers in general.

In sum, far more websites and on-line chat-rooms are required, for two reasons. First, the origin and meaning of the universe concerns all of us. Second, if we do not think for ourselves about these matters, we will have succumbed to robotic thinking and indoctrination. This peril has long existed in economic, political, religious, and philosophical thinking. It also exists in how we think about the origins and meaning of ourselves and the universe.

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