“When smart people announce an understanding of the basis of reality, the other kind of people ask why they’d bother. And it’s impossible to answer, because that sort of person thinks ‘being able to understand things’ is elitist.
When people ask, ‘What’s the point in understanding everything?’ they’ve just disqualified themselves from using questions and should disappear in a puff of paradox. But they don’t understand and just continue existing, which are also their only two strategies for life. These are the apes who sat in the back of the cave, scratching themselves while ooking about how bashing rocks together was a total waste of time. Except back then they had a better excuse for their sloping foreheads and scratching themselves in public.”
I usually wait ‘til Tuesdays to post sciency-type stuff, but I’m making an exception for this fantastic Cracked piece. It’s not as much a physics article as it is a sociological one, homing in how idiots react to things they don’t understand.