Here is a recent article in Seed, written by Thomas W. Martin, entitled, Scientific Literacy and the Habit of Discourse. Excerpt:
Science eventually yields impressive answers because it compels smart people to incessantly try to disprove the ideas generated by other smart people.
Can we make this required reading?
Mr. Martin hits upon another issue I have a real pet peeve about:
In the present cultural climate, altering one’s beliefs in response to anything (facts included) is considered a sign of weakness.
Political races especially have illustrated this perfectly. It’s a side effect of not having any popularly accepted standard of truth. People would prefer to deny reality itself in order to ‘feel-good’ or, in the political arena, appeal to some sub-group of people.