Another important aspect, described in the feature report, is that in their culture the cause-effect relation, which is the basis of scientific thinking, does not exist. Witchcraft is to blame for all the bad things in the world (poverty, diseases, etc). Then what needs to be done? – To exorcize or kill all the wizards. And this is what they do, encouraged by some authoritative institutions (numerous non-Protestant churches) which have a certain profit from the credulity and despair of these people. There are many churches in that region. What happened in Africa in 2008 happened in Western Europe in the Middle Ages- Nothing new. Also the religious fundamentalism in some Moslem countries had a precedent in Europe in the same period. The problem is that it can happen again. If the interest for science decreases, if we dont realize the importance of cause-effect relation in science, politics, every-day life, we can make things as serious as those in the feature report. Also, if we don’t realize the importance of the mechanisms and institutions that took Europe out of the Middle Ages, it can always return to that period of time. Feudalism is like a social and historical energetic minimum, social systems tend towards it. At least in Europe, in feudalism nothing was produced from the scientific and technological viewpoint. Although feudalism also existed in China and Japan, for example in China famous inventions that we use nowadays appeared. China didn’t have a monotheist religion, which had the monopoly in all the fields on what is good and what is wrong, amplifying all the abuses from all the sectors of social and economic life and suffocating all the ideas. What is happening now in Nigeria shows us what our situation in the Middle Ages was. This is what a world without science, without the idea of cause-effect known by Ancient Greeks looks like. Without science there is no progress, the economy declines, the institutions which maintain democracy decline, and we can always go back to feudalism. Surprisingly many times in our culture people give more importance to prejudices than to the cause-effect relation; because it is much easier. With a prejudice or a not proven conviction, you feel you solved a complicated problem, you feel relaxed. Prejudices, dogmas, have advantages for our thinking, they are rewarded, they make us feel better, make our life easier. For how long.
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