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Facts, reality, science are needed to succeed

DEAR EDITOR:

Why is it so easy for people to believe conspiracy theories and propaganda just because they fit into their narrative of reality? Why is it so hard to base one’s reality on facts and science and not on unsubstantiated rhetoric?

Carl Sagan stated this back in 1995:

“Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Facts, reality and science are the truth of any successful civilization. We have fallen into superstition, disinformation and myth as our credence. If our path does not change, we will fall to the wayside as have many civilizations before us. The United States of America will become another failed experiment in the annals of time due to the voodoo and hoodoo that we do so well as the human species.

JAMES B. LESTER

Leavittsburg

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