Today's prompt is:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tell us your favourite quotation and why.
So, I will have at it. My favourite quotation lately has been one from one of my favourite authors:
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism
This quote is sourced many years ago, but it's just as, if not more, relevant today. As a scientist, I find myself railing against public opinion... which can sometimes be well informed, but sometimes one single erroneous position can cause rampant misinformation. Not to open a can of worms, but the causes of autism, whether to get your flu shot, the actual existence of global warming... to name a few. One thing that people don't often think of is that doing research isn't often clear-cut. And if you don't know how to do research, chances are you'll get the wrong answer.
I'm not looking for a fight... I'm just hoping people will learn to discern between credible sources and quacks, between sensationalized news and facts. I'd be remiss in my job if I didn't encourage it :-)
And with that, I'm off to bake cinnamon rolls for the teachers at N.'s school... it's my turn to provide breakfast for the monthly staff meeting, and I personally would rather fresh baked cinnamon rolls than bagels and flatbread from the donut shop ;-)