Feeble-minded. Imbecile. Cretin. Idiot. Moron. Special. Retarded. Ignoramus. Stupid. And my personal favorite, Crazy.
There are a lot of terms for some sort of mental disability, the preferred one now being Intellectual Disability. But none of them fit the category of people this blog entry addresses. If you are one of them, you won’t be reading this because you already know everything you need to know or will ever learn.
See, a lot of times people call others ignorant when they don’t accept facts. But ignorance is not knowing. A person can be ignorant of something, say, thermodynamics, and if they desire to, can study it to become no longer ignorant on the subject.
It is the ones that know such knowledge exists but simply refuse to believe it or give it credence that I am addressing: the deliberately closeminded, illogical, irrational, unreasoning person. These are the ones that, in spite of tons of evidence otherwise, that there is no climate change. Or that evolution is a ‘theory’ despite years of findings and actual facts proving its existence. Or that vaccinations can harm you so much that you refuse to get your child shots, thereby endangering every other child and adult on the planet. Yeah, those are the ones I’m taking about.
A number of them excuse their craziness by claiming religious grounds. The, “If Jesus didn’t say it, it don’t exist,” argument. Or if some unknown citizens from about 200 A.D. wrote down (or more likely told somebody since they were illiterate) say the world is 6000 by-god years old, then it is. Period. But the God argument won’t get you far when you are rejecting vaccinations or climate change.
What happens, I think, is that these (insert your own pejorative here) get on TV with their nonsense, because TV loves conflict and cannot the value of crazy talk from actual science. If all these loonies would just take the time to research the facts before cementing their beliefs in place, the world would be better off. But their minds are closed as soon as they find something they like. Bah.