My notion of grownups, from tothood (which can be excused) through high school (which is much less excusable), was that they were, generally, beings of integrity and honor.
Obviously, I was not paying a lot of attention. It wasn’t until I went to college, however, that I realized how wrong I was.
There are a great many (apparent) frauds in politics, religion (rather easy to see for those who dare to use reason), and science (not so easy to see) where agenda-motivated sophistry abounds, easily and dangerously deceiving the uninformed, the faith-locked, and the ill educated.
I have no doubt that critical thinking (informal logic), world religions, and ethics should be taught as early in
public schools as possible (well before college). These courses, like math, reading, writing, and science should be mandatory. We truly need an informed and logically minded public.
‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo
Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry. . . read more at http://www.csicop.org/si/show/post-materialist_science_a_smokescreen_for_woo