Daily Archives: November 2, 2007

Incorrect thinking is dangerous

I’ve recently watched an episode of a series called Exposé. This specific episode showed serious lapses in how airport security is currently implemented. The producers called that episode “Security Theater” with good reason, since, as demonstrated in the episode, the security currently implemented at airports is more for show than for real. I was particularly appalled at the response, or rather lack of response, from the official figure interviewed in the first part of the show. While listening to him avoid the questions of the journalist, one of my mantras came to mind: “incorrect thinking is dangerous”. In the current ideological climate promoting everybody’s opinion on any topic as automatically “valid”, mine is not a popular view. Saying there is incorrect thinking implies that some forms of thinking are better than others, which implies that not all thoughts and opinions are equally valid. Holding that some people think better than others amounts to committing the sin of elitism. And yet, even while admitting that the complexity of some problems means that two people thinking properly will come to different conclusions, it remains that some thinking is patently incorrect. For instance, putting on a big show of security while leaving the back door wide open is a case of incorrect thinking, a dangerous case at that.