Sunday, 3 October 2010
Like building a good toolkit, acquiring an array of mind-tools is something immensely useful for practical thinking. Anyone can pick up a hammer and swing it without much training, but can we expect anyone to be able to think scientifically with facts alone any more than giving someone a router, some wood, and plans and expect them to build a cabinet? Perhaps it is too much to expect people to be able to take on board science without first preparing their minds for scientific thinking. And if they've formed beliefs on science before they've learned to think then psychology suggests that they most likely will never lose their unscientific beliefs.