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The Doublethink of the Origin of Life

George Orwell, in the book Nineteen Eighty-Four coined the term “Doublethink” , holding two opposite thoughts as true at the same time.

The first time I experienced “Doublethink”, though I did not realize it at the time, was high school…..

In tenth grade, I was taught these two opposing ideas:

  • Health Science class taught me that “spontaneous generation” was a term for a false belief held my ignorant people long ago, that life could arise in non-living matter.
  • Biology class taught me that “evolution” was a term for the scientific belief that life had arisen in non-living matter.

I was taught that the belief in the origin of life from non-life was both not scientific and scientific in the same year of school. Some how or other I believed it. I must have had very good teachers.

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