It never ceases to amaze me, how little most people believe in logic, reason or the scientific method.
Whether they are arguing for or against religion. No matter what political position they hold, there are very very few people who take these things all that seriously.
Carl Sagan said in Contact, you basically had five percent of the world, offering all kinds of technology, progress, thoughtful debate etc. , which the rest of the world benefited from; but, that other 95 percent could take everything down without moments notice.
I'm far less skeptical about just how big a threat the dumb people are to the world than Sagan was; but, then again, they did just put a guy in office, who says global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese. It is definitely enough to make me stop and think about the lessons of the novel, Contact, one more time...