it’s not a matter of knowing the solutions. any ordinary fool can open a tome, the annals of history, another human being and absorb/regurgitate their contents, in such a mindless way that belies no particular predilection towards what they’ve learned. or at least what they think they know.
as a species we are immortal in our arrogance alone. we watch people peddle their pamphlets and wares like they were a cure against the cold. use our feeble minds and even feebler words to elucidate what we perceive as absolute. men with blind faith, children brought up with iron hearts of disbelief and misguided skepticism. knowledge and its restriction for the sake of posterity.
in the decades that have passed, how many of us have even begun to ask the right questions?
and now i can’t study due to overexcitment. ;_; I have the oddest desire to throw my books/notes down and use my pen ink as lighter fuel. but that would slightly undermine my work for the past three months. just slightly.
At times I believed too much in the alchemy of words, or not enough. But they were all I had. Just these airy words and the assumption that, once invoked, they would get what I wanted. Like money. Like God. I’ve won hearts and lost my own, often in the same breath.
The [broad] acceptance of psychological myths can impede our critical thinking in other areas.
As astronomer Carl Sagan (1995) noted, our failure to distinguish myth from reality in one domain of scientific knowledge, such as psychology, can easily spill over to a failure to distinguish fact from fiction in other vitally important areas of modern society. These domains include genetic engineering, stem cell research, glocal warming, pollution, crime prevention, schooling, day care, and overpopulation, to name merely a few. As a consequence, we may find ourselves at the mercy of policy-makers who make unwise and even dangerous decisions about science and technology. As Sir Francis Bacon reminded us, knowledge is power. Ignorance is powerlessness.” —50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein