There are certain ideas that have become common beliefs. They are used so often and have been repeated so many times that we just assume they are true. Call them what you will – misconceptions or myths or outright lies – the fact is they are not true and I really think we need to just stop using them. There are many examples I could give but the two that I seem to come across the most are:
A) Humans only use 10% of out brains and
B) at one time everyone thought the world was flat.
These two notions are used quite a bit in science fiction – this is a genre I spend a lot of time in either reading, watching or writing – but it is most definitely not exclusive to sci-fi. In fact the reason I was prompted to sit down and type this little soap box rant is that I saw a politician on a Sunday morning talk show that when presented with overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming replied, “Well scientists used to think the world was flat too.” I threw a cushion at the TV.
Now for the most part when I come across one of these misconceptions in a story or in a movie I usually just roll my eyes and attempt to ignore it. But when an elected official attempts to blow off received scientific knowledge with a known myth…well this just has to stop.