Magical Realist: Some people are proud of being good at sports, or good at music, or good at art, or good at writing. Some people are proud that they are good at history, or mathematics, or psychology. Some people are proud that they are good at building houses or driving a truck. Maybe everybody is an insecure nerd who needs to bolster his/her own ego by being proud about something. Are you proud of how many crazy conspiracies you believe in, Magical Realist? Does it bolster your nerdy ego to believe in Bigfoot and alien spaceships and ghosts? Are you good at pseudoscience? What I'm getting from you here is a kind of envy or jealousy. It's not surprising. You chose to come to a science forum. When you came here you found - surprise! - some people who know some science. Maybe you don't meet many people like that in your daily life. It's a bit of a shock, probably, when your pseudoscientific worldview is given a shake. It's natural that you therefore want to belittle science. Your pseudoscience must be far superior, right? Otherwise you'd risk feeling inadequate. You're right that a lot of people get along just fine without knowing much science. Half of the people in the United States don't believe in evolution, for example, and they don't care to find out about it. A good proportion of people don't know how long it takes for the Earth to orbit the Sun once, and they're just fine with that. They don't think they need to know. They don't think it is important. They don't think it affects their lives (even though it does, quite significantly, year after year). Are uneducated people any less because they are uneducated? That's a question that is worth really thinking hard about. What is the value of education? Never mind science for now, because that's only one way to be educated. The real question is whether there is value in being able to look outside your own narrow personal concerns and see a bigger picture - about the world and its people. Sure, you can live your whole life without ever expanding your mind. You can work your day job as a janitor and spend your nights watching mindless TV. You'll be just fine. But is this really the best kind of life to live? You only get one chance at life.