The Culture of Ignorance in Academia

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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” – George Bernard Shaw

I’ll start by making it explicitly clear that this is not an attack on science or the scientific method, far from it; this is a celebration of science and a critique of those who choose to selectively apply rational thought. Although I will focus on those embedded in academia, the arguments apply equally to all individuals who do not eschew the use of non-human animals as far as practicable. My time as a bioscience undergraduate taught me that academia has more than its fair share of unreasonable people—not unlike the general population. Experiencing the biases and ignorance of the majority of my instructors, on everything from ethics to the environment, was the primary contributing factor to my disillusionment as a…

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