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Offline Steven Novella

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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2006, 10:18:32 AM »
Regarding "idiot"

This is an archaic medical term defining a particular severity of mental retardation (mental ability below the level of a 3 year old).

Here is a relevant note from dictionary.com:

"NOTE: While the terms idiot imbecile, and moron survive in many state codes and statutes, they are generally no longer used in both medical and legal contexts. The modern terminology distinguishes between mild, moderate, severe, and profound levels of retardation. Historically persons with mental retardation have suffered legal disabilities (as in not being allowed to marry or vote). Generally today, an adult with mental retardation who is his or her own guardian does not suffer these disabilities."
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2006, 02:26:45 PM »
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The only (partial) solution I can think of is science education. Good science education that is... not memorizing some formulas or chemical reactions or something, but actually understanding and implementing a proper scientific protocol and honing the reasoning process.


Man, how I crave for the day this becomes true.

I spent some 2 years having chemistry classes that will have near ZERO impact on my life. Had they been spent studying the scientific method or critical thinking, I'd be much better equipped to learn things on my own waaay after school ended.
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2006, 05:25:14 PM »
Quote from: "Gilnei"
I spent some 2 years having chemistry classes that will have near ZERO impact on my life. Had they been spent studying the scientific method or critical thinking, I'd be much better equipped to learn things on my own waaay after school ended.


You may never know when these classes will come in handy. They do give you insight that you would not have now without them.

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« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2006, 06:52:59 PM »
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The only (partial) solution I can think of is science education. Good science education that is... not memorizing some formulas or chemical reactions or something, but actually understanding and implementing a proper scientific protocol and honing the reasoning process.


Man, how I crave for the day this becomes true.

I spent some 2 years having chemistry classes that will have near ZERO impact on my life. Had they been spent studying the scientific method or critical thinking, I'd be much better equipped to learn things on my own waaay after school ended.


I am reminded of a qoute

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."
- Bertrand Russell
'd rather have questions I can't answer than answers I can't question.

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« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2006, 07:12:22 PM »
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"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."
- Bertrand Russell


That all depends on the education, not on education itself. If education made one stupid, explain rednecks.

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