Wednesday 17 January 2018

The web law of Jimmy Wales

Too bonkers even for Wikipedia: A change.org petition was rejected by the site. Photo: Gary Cameron
Too bonkers even for Wikipedia: A change.org petition was rejected by the site. Photo: Gary Cameron
The conscious uncouple: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

One of the great myths of our time is that because all people are equal, all views and opinions must also be equal. In fact, we now live in a world where no knowledge is needed, no experience is necessary and being an expert in your given field can actually be seen as a bad thing.

This kind of dumb refusal to pay any attention to something as 'establishment' and 'mainstream' as, y'know, facts and stuff can be seen in all walks of life and is, by and large, pretty harmless. Sure, it can also be incredibly annoying, but it's essentially harmless.

Whether it's religion or Colin Fry talking to your dead Nana, there will always be a market for people who think that science just isn't enough. And while we can envy their credulity, their defence is always the same – if you can't actually disprove something they believe in, then it is just as valid as something that can be proved.

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