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A rousing defense of secular humanism in response to a question about ... Scooby Doo? So, so awesome - this is why the Internet was created.

"The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it's up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn't through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think."
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Incredible! I never thought of Scooby-Doo that way. I should have paid more attention to Scooby-Doo, and less to Cosmos and Connections. The latter gave me the false impression of science as an amazing fount of "given truth"--that it was a question of me figuring out which adults were the geniuses who knew the truth and would benevolently share it.
 
+Isaac Kuo Interesting you say that - I grew up on Cosmos and Connections (and not Scooby Doo) as well, but took something rather different from it. Maybe it was having a working scientist in the house, maybe it was my habit of reading the twenty-year archive of Scientific Americans, but I kept being told things that were flat-out wrong by teachers - and I knew somebody was wrong, because I'd heard something different elsewhere. So I learned that there's this huge body of knowledge out there - but you have to take it all with a grain of salt.
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