Sometimes scientists and researchers surprise us with new findings. Results from studies often debunk long held beliefs and many times even overturn supposedly proven facts from past scientific works. We take it all in stride, because we all know that’s how science works. It is based on theory, conjecture, observation and quantifiable analysis. The world of science is full of handy anecdotes about how we once thought one thing and now newer data leads us to believe the opposite is true. We see this often, as lay people, when we hear startling new insights on dieting, health and education. Each time we discover these new truths we all rush to be the first ones in the ‘know’, adopting and adapting to new lifestyles. It seems like its the modern way, like progress and the advance of technology. We yearn to learn more and fantasize about the next new science.
However, there is one dark side to this technocratic utopia. If after extensive research the scientific community ever produces findings that claim that children (especially toddlers) require less hours of sleep per night than their elders; the parents of the worlds will rise up against the light and slay the foul beasts in lab coats. There is just so much truth we can take.. For some things, we will prefer to keep ourselves in the dark.