Confusing the science book and the science

I ended up spending 3 hours yesterday morning bullshitting with my coworkers about everything from quantum mechanics to evolution.  I was the one that had to “defend science’s honor” since I had the better understanding of science, but the entire conversation boils down to the following exchange:

Coworker: Scientists say they know, but what they know changes from week to week.
Me: We can never precisely know anything. Science is about about getting closer and closer approximations to the truth as we gather more knowledge.
CW: But that isn’t what schoolbooks say. They teach it as set in stone fact.
Me: I agree that isn’t right, but that problem isn’t with science.

Reiterate that over and over again for 3 hours, and even I, the man that loves to argue, eventually came close to running out of patience.  (Un)fortunately, it was a quiet night, so I had little to do but argue.  It came down to me going, “Look you bring up fine points and all, but in the end, it’s complicated and we are still learning.”  We never did properly has out the education problem, and quite frankly, I don’t think I give enough of a shit to try. Anything I say about this will be a drop in the bucket compared to the irrational investment our society has in the way our schools are currently ran. Instead of teaching kids to think for themselves, we tell them to shut up and think the way everyone else thinks, because Logic forbid that a kid think that God directed evolution, or that there is no evolution at all, because he might become a God fearing loony that wants to own a gun and shoot everyone in sight. Yes, I’m a bitter whacko that hates society, yada yada yada.

And that’s all I have to say before I become unhinged and start spouting things that will… Dammit, this sort of thinking makes me wish I had meds to get off of so I can get back on them.

Oh, and on the Russian Front, she has suggested that she take a trip to the States to visit me… I have no idea how to respond to that, but it makes me very, very nervous. I’m going to hold off with any responses for a couple days and see how she responds. If anyone has any suggestions, or wants to see this spiraling email trainwreck of doom, just let me know; I’m absolutely clueless what to do right now.

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