I was reading an article in Popular Science regarding the anti-intellectual fervor that has grown in U.S. society over the past few decades.
I'm becoming more convinced that every five years, U.S. voters who want to vote must be able to pass the same exam that immigrants have to pass. Granted, some fool in Congress is going to read that sentence and conclude that a better solution is to remove the written civic exam for all immigrants instead of adding it onto a voting requirement.
I'm not saying that we should have a cut-off based on our grades or IQ scores or standardized test scores. I'm saying that the same test used to see if an immigrant can tell the difference between a Senator and a Representative (or where Bolivia is on a map) would be a fair and already-ready-to-go method of helping to improve the practical wisdom of everyday people every November. I'm tired of correcting people's spelling on billboards. I'm tired of trying to explain to relatives that wind farms don't affect the climate. I'm tired of having to point out that science covers phenomena which can be measured while religion by definition isn't supposed to be able to be covered by science, and that both science and religion can co-exist.
To me, there's a difference between a person of average intelligence who continues being eager to learn versus a person of above-average intelligence who got a college diploma 20 years ago and has been riding for free off it ever since without ever opening a book or spending an afternoon looking up metallurgy on Wikipedia just for fun.
I was also reminded of my favorite lines from Christopher Eccleston's stint as the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who.
Female Programmer: If you're not holding us hostage, then open the door and let us out. The staff are terrified!
Doctor: That's the same staff who execute hundreds of contestants every day?
Female Programmer: That's not our fault. We're just doing our jobs.
Doctor: And with that sentence, you just lost the right to even talk to me. Now back off!
I'm tired of assuming that I'm wrong and that the louder, more passionate, more repetitive voices of the internet and the news are the correct voices. What if there ARE only four lights?
I'm sorry, but "alot" is not a word. It's two words. Stop spreading stupidity.
"Centimeter" means there are 100 in a meter.
The five second rule is a myth. Either wash it off with soap and water first or put it in the garbage disposal.
The Bible is an anthology written and edited by a lot of different men throughout the centuries, not a syllable-for-syllable dictation straight from the larynx of God.
Black people didn't rule ancient Egypt as kings and queens. However, we do have a black President today. Whether or not these facts "fit the narrative" or make you feel better about yourself is irrelevant to the facts.
The existence of antibacteria-resistant tuberculosis does not disprove the existence of God any more than the admission of a heliocentric solar system does.
Breaking a mirror doesn't mean that you've got seven years of bad luck coming; it only means that you need to get a dustpan and sweep up the shards before anyone steps on them.
Repeating a lie over and over does not cause reality to make it true, no matter how many Likes it has.
Columbus discovered America, and so did the Native Americans, Leif Ericson, and others; they just did it at separate times in history without an easy way to communicate their discovery to the other discoverers. Angiosperm flora discovered America before our own species was even around, but I don't hear the local gardening club griping about THEIR bragging rights.
Being a girl does not mean that you're bad at math, hopeless at science, clueless about the number of escape pods on the YT-series freighters, or bad at playing video games.