Some time ago on a previous show, Ann mentioned that she was at a loss to explain how science and questioning religion had fallen out of favor.
I think I can answer that.
Challenger, Chernobol, and 9/11.
In each one of these incidents, science and technology failed us.
Mostly because the parties involved did not listen to the science or reason and instead followed their leadership blindly.
The children that experienced these disasters are now the decision makers.
9/11 was the nail in the coffin, before that we had mostly recovered from the other technology disasters.
With 9/11, the whole of western civilization was auestruck with FEAR, and when societies are afraid they will turn inward and try to turn to something familar and that offers strength and solace. Unfortunatly for many this time that ment religion and superstition.
In the end, FEAR is what we who value reason must FIGHT!