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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 12:12 PM

3. I'm not exactly a historian,

but there wasn't really any group of people who failed to accept science at least not during that specific time we call the Enlightenment. If anything, there would have been a better understanding that faith and religion were one thing, and the unfolding discoveries of science something else during that period of time.

Even then, as today, there were often fundamental misunderstandings of what science actually says.

Faith and religious belief are very, very stubborn things. Most people start getting taught religion and faith from the day they are born, and a lot of it sticks forever. More to the point, it happens long before they start school and learn any science. If they're in a household that is very strongly religious, very rejecting of science, then science doesn't stand a chance.

Back during the Enlightenment, the very vast majority of people had little or no schooling, and the ideas of the Enlightenment would have been very far removed from their day to day lives. It's only as education started becoming universal, that those ideas started reaching down through society.

Another say to think about it is to consider this: even within science, there continue to be different ideas on the same topic, and it can take quite some time for a new idea (hypothesis, or theory) to be generally accepted. Perhaps the best example, one people here are probably generally familiar with, is evolution. Darwin believed quite strongly that it proceeded at a gradual, more or less uniform rate. But as people looked more and more at the fossil record, it became clear that evolution actually happens in fits and starts, sudden bursts when a lot of things (species) change a whole lot. That's now known as punctuated equilibrium, and is, so far as I know, the current understanding of how evolution occurs.

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