I had an interesting exchange with Straight last night. He was wondering why, given the evidence we present, that people do not believe the results. I said that it was due to lack of critical thinking skills, not taught anymore.
He thought otherwise – that people have the necessary skills, but are afraid to use them because in school they are taught to defer to authority figures, not trusting their own perceptions.
I instantly realized he was right, as I thought of Don Pogreba, a high school teacher, and his co-writer at their blog, Bunt for the Fence, Pete Talbot. They both preach use of “trusted sources,” in other words, deference to authority figures rather than use of one’s own brain.
And if Pogreba practices this as an adult, he is surely teaching his students that this is the proper way to go through life.