Qwerky Quotes for the Inquisitive: Mano Singham

And I use that trust to effectively brainwash them. We who teach introductory physics have to acknowledge, if we are honest with ourselves, that our teaching methods are primarily those of propaganda. We appeal — without demonstration — to evidence that support our position. We only introduce arguments or evidence that support the currently accepted theories, and omit or gloss over any evidence to the contrary. We give short shrift to alternatives theories, introducing them only in order to promptly demolish them — again by appealing to undemonstrated counter-evidence.

Professor Mano Singham, Opinion—teaching and propaganda, Physics Today 53(6):54–55, 2000


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