Carrying over the discussion that sparked in the theological discussion thread. We were talking about evolution/creationism and the age of the Earth - but I want to throw the discussion open a little wider. It frightens me to see what I percieve to be a dumbing down of science and erosion of rational thought. A candle being snuffed out in a demon haunted world, as it were. Does anyone else feel the revulsion I do when you see things like 'Crossing Over' or watch the Learning Channel become devoted to car chases and freak shows? Does anyone else fear that in an age of genetic manipulation, pandemics, epidemics, nanotechnology, cryptology, cloning, stem cell research... that our leaders and decision makers will not have the basic science background necessary to make an informed decision?