Why is it important to be able to ask why?
(If this were a good piece of hypertext, it would
have well researched links to webs on science, society,
politics, ethics and philosophy -- but isn't and it doesn't.
Suggestions for related material welcome.)
Because without scientific curiosity we would
not have scientific discovery.
Because democracy depends on an informed public
(because, in principle, the public are needed to make decisions
directly or indirectly);
Because an unquestioning individual can be hookwinked
- Because our society is constructed of a set of
assumptions built on each other
and on shifting conditions, and only by constant
inspection can this framework of assumptions and beliefs
be maintained in a sufficiently consistent state for
us to stay out of serious trouble.
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