Month: October 2012

Science and the Teenager Syndrome

I remember being a teenager sitting in an eight grade classroom in 1968. It was an atmosphere of rebellion in full swing. In Severna Park, Maryland there was no junior high in those days. So, we were bussed over to Northeast JH where teachers were referees or wardens or something that roughly resembled educators. Not that they weren’t able to teach. They just didn’t have any students, the kids had other things on their minds. What happens when you stick a few thousand kids together in a close social environment and cut them off from parental supervision and instruction? They will forge out a social structure based on their peers. So called, “peer pressure” is not so much peer pressure as it is a desire to overcome low self-worth with popularity and the ability to wield power and be able to hang with the top dogs. This is the place that the society that calls itself, “science” is at today. It’s a system that is, by its own admission, based on a “peer review” social management concept. This “peer review” systen cuts the society off from its parents influences on particular subjects and teaches this form of elitism to students…

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