How to be stupid and ignorant regardless how intelligent you are.

Some people are stupid and ignorant by accident, even though they may have way above average intelligence. Most of these people simply do not realize they can think about a subject differently, or that there is more options available than they are given.

But some people are stupid and ignorant by design.

Most of these people belong to one Ism or another. The two largest at the minute being the Religious and Scientific communities. One refusing to think about anything that is not in their church’s doctrine and the other those who refuse to think about anything that is not firmly grounded in their scientific orthodoxy of choice.

A lot of people do not realize there are, and always have been, scientific factions that are just as antagonistic and divisive to each other as religious factions are. But it is true.

There are others.

One of them being the “Aliens Did It” group. They start out by asking you to by open-minded and consider the possibility that Space Aliens have visited Earth in the past.

Okay, I’ll consider that.

Then they show you evidence that they call proof. There is a lot of it and it is pretty impressive. I’ve personally come to the conclusion Space Aliens have probably visited Earth at some time.

But once you go that far you are suddenly expected by the True Believers that no major event, and few minor events in history have happened without Alien Intervention. Because the True Believers themselves refuse to consider ANY alternate explanation of any event that does not involve Alien Intervention.

The only way they will accept God is if He is an Alien and the only way they will accept science is if an Alien inspired the Scientist.

It is this refusal to consider alternative explanations that creates and maintains willful Ignorance and Stupidity.

Einstein refused to consider Quantum Physics.

Maybe the Aliens just didn’t push him quite hard enough.

Oh well.

 

 

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Doctor Who

I have a friend. A person who is not a fool. They believe that I am highly intelligent. A claim I do not subscribe too, for I, of all people, know just how stupid and ignorant I can be. Though I admit being thought of as intelligent gives me a feeling inside my stomach and chest that no other experience has ever given me.

The problem is they cannot understand how someone as “intelligent” as (They believe) I am, can enjoy a TV show as sub intellectual as Doctor Who. Actually I’ve been a known associate of Whovians since the late 1960’s although I never heard the term until the ‘90’s.

The Person points out that I write a blog as the Map Thinker™ that rips into philosophical concepts as though they were Swiss Cheese. While Doctor Who is a simplistic, highly unbelievable situation filled with a time and space traveling humanoid with a taste for companions who are young, sexy, intelligent — Totally desirable — And infatuated with him.

His Arch Enemies are the Daleks, pronounced Dahlicks.

They are almost idiotically simplistic. They are almost monoverbal. You can pick out the Whovians (Those people who are to Doctor Who what Trekkies are to Star Trek). By simply walking into a room and saying in a squaky voice “Exterminate. Exterrrrminnnate.” These Daleks show none of the complex traits “Modern, Sophisticated, Intelligent” people require of a “well constructed” villain.  They have no socially redeemable qualities.

So what do I find so captivating about this Brittish import?

Doctor Who keeps coming back to the most important question a human being can contemplate, whatever your philosophy is, whatever your beliefs are, whatever your religion is. Regardless, or irregardless, if you choose, of what your religion is.

What does it mean to be human?

Questions pop up about individuality, freedom, being true to oneself…

When told “We were only doing our jobs.” Doctor Who replies, “With that sentence you have lost the right to address me.” (Well, my memory isn’t perfect. He may have worded it slightly different.)

But the next one I remember perfectly.

When asked the pivotal question: “Are people really slaves it they are unaware that they are slaves?”

No philosophical debate.

The Doctor simply replies, “Yes.”