It seems acceptable, even preferable to be ignorant these days. Once upon a time an elite education was seen as an achievement, whereas nowadays we lionize the opposite. When else could a Sarah Palin be a valid candidate for an incredibly important position? She's poured scorn on the 'elite' as if knowledge and ability were somehow dangerous and not to be trusted. Once upon a time we wanted our leaders to be qualified, to be sophisticated and well rounded... what happened? The corollary for this site is uneducated, unqualified people posting wild postulations about things and claiming they have a base in science when they do not. People post conclusions based on a flawed premise and are bewildered when challenged on same as they have never bumped into the phrase 'intellectual rigour'. Some people need to see critical thinking as a positive and not as a threat.