Science and technology are very important to me. I look back on the thousands of years of human civilization, of failed empires, of the rise and fall of governments and it just makes me sad. Then I look at how far civilization has come in just the past few hundred years, and I'm hopeful. Maybe it's a little bit religious, but I do have faith that most people are basically good and, if we continue to emphasize scientific and engineering advancements, humanity will prosper.
Then I spend a little time watching Fox News, or reading a website like this, and I get depressed again. The earth is getting warmer. Mankind evolved from apes, which evolved from earlier species, all the way back to primordial ooze. The Earth is a few billion years old, not 6000. All these statements are supported by mountains of evidence and theories. Why don't people accept this? I finally got around to reading "The Republican Brain," and I have to say it was very convincing.