Why is the cutting edge so sharp?
Posted by c. wagner on October 26, 2009
Something Robert Park wrote in Voodoo Science resonated with a conversation I had with the girlfriend. She suggested that maybe we should think of how we feel about the strange concepts at the cutting edge of quantum physics when dealing with those who don’t accept the idea of evolution. We should be kind to them because some revolutionary scientific ideas make each of us uneasy. Park writes,
The Copernican solar system, Darwinian evolution, galaxies, quantum mechanics, the big bang, and the genetic code were all intensely uncomfortable discoveries, diminishing the specialness of humankind and exposing cherished myths to ridicule. [page 82]
Maybe we should give those who still haven’t been swayed by scientific evidence more time to adjust to these “uncomfortable discoveries”? You know, like a few hundred years? Park continues,
They were grudgingly accepted, not because they are pleasant but because they are true. [page 82]
Well, accepted by many people. Others are still grudging along.