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Re: Michael Faraday got my vote...

"I think that had he been given a quality education in his youth our world would be better off today."

Unfortunately a "better" education can inhibit innovative thinking by teaching people what is an establishment's rigid view of something.

My own technical education consisted of a series of milestones - at which we were told what we had been taught previously was an over-simplification. Useful in some cases within its constraints.

Our Geography teacher in the 1960s denigrated the "new" idea of tectonic plates. He said that the complementary coastlines of South America and Africa were just a coincidence.

People should be taught to query and test things in a reproducible way. Identifying the influence of wishful thinking is probably the most important aspect of self-criticism.

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