Reader says, It’s outcomes, not theory, that gets attention, guys
|July 1, 2011||Posted by News under Media|
A reader writes to offer a suggestion about how to communicate about stuff that really matters, so that people know why it matters, based on his experience as a flight school instructor:
Early in the training for a private pilot certificate we were required to introduce the student to stalls and their proper recovery. If I introduced the lesson by announcing that we were going to take a detailed look at the aerodynamics of stalls and an associated condition known as a spin, the response was always one of polite attention but with the eyes rolled back into the head.
However, if I introduced the lesson by announcing that we were going to take a look at the single condition that killed more pilots every year than anything else (stall/spin accidents in the traffic pattern), and specifically how to avoid the condition and/or successfully recover the aircraft from such a condition, then I had the student’s complete and undivided attention. I covered the same material, but the focus was on living to fly another day instead of aerodynamic minutia.
He goes on to argue that too much discussion of the issues around design in the universe is written by professors for (or against) other professors. So most people sense something is wrong but don’t know what, or – far more important – what to do about it.
Here’s what’s happening: Your history teacher never told you what happened when Darwinism invaded politics. A learned professor who learned what she needed to know about human morality from oxytocin in prairie voles is taken seriously. Harmful DNA myths, intended to support bankrupt theories like Darwinism from which many tenured mediocrities make their living, are corrupting public discourse.
All this was the last overnight news and views feed here at Uncommon Descent. Happily, that reader thinks we do a good job at UD of reporting the scene.
What to do? Encourage others to start finding out what is happening from independent media and to get used to the expensive (tax supported?) campaigns that the salarymen of bankrupt ideas organize against all who doubt.