Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Quakes for quacks

Apparently, the last earthquake rumor was started by an employee in the meteorological service. Petra has a report about how this genius developed a theory on how earthquakes are related to the tides.

This guy studied business administration in a junior college (diplom), and was somehow hired by the meteorology department. Since he had lots of extra time on his hand, he wrote 13 (yes, 13) books on astronomy. Apparently none of his superiors noticed that he wasn't doing any work. Since the field of astronomy was not enough to satisfy his quest for knowledge, he developed his theory about the relationship between earthquakes and tides.

Science is a tough field, and to get a decent education in science requires a lot of hard work as well as innate intelligence, after you get a good grade in the tawjihi. It seems that you can bypass all of those nitpicky details in Jordan, since apparently nobody challenges anything that is blatantly wrong. This poor idiot is convinced that he knows what he is talking about, simply because nobody has the heart to tell him that he doesn't know what he is talking about. Worse, the Petra "reporter" who wrote this report tries to be "balanced". Truthfully, you can't balance between right and wrong. This approach allows people to give credence to positions which have no scientific merit. This is why people slept in the street two weeks ago.

In Jordan, people make outlandish statements everyday. If you have a loud voice, people will believe most anything you say. It is a shame in a country with such a high education level, it is the ignorant who always have the last word.


At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Truthfully, you can't balance between right and wrong."

Wow! You said it perfectly.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger jameed, RPh, MS said...

mental midgets...they are back...*scream*


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