At various times in the history of our world, those who were and are considered the most learned and intellectually advanced have promoted the most ridiculous hypothetical nonsense as undeniable truths. Fear and vanity fueled concepts like runaway engines without any verifiable or empirical evidence have taken precedence over logic and rational thought periodically from time immemorial.
Invariably, and in every case, misery and suffering have followed in the footsteps of whatever practitioners were promoting whatever cockamamie insult to intelligence their allegiance dictates. We, as a society and to our shame, are late in accepting this reality. It seems the greater the ego and vanity collectively or individually, the more reluctant people remain to discard the fables of the past.
Truth will and does prevail but the costs are heavy even as progress is made one tiny step at a time. Indoctrinated in many cases from birth, the cycle continues as mentally impregnated with the same ideology parents hand down or force feed these myths to the innocent and susceptible minds of their children. Breaking these chains can be difficult if nearly impossible for all but the strongest willed in many cases. Throughout the world civilization has had to modify its own progress to deal with the chaos these actions represent and have been responsible for. Any prison, correctional facility, or mental institution in the world examined by a nonbiased authority will reveal the vast majority of the incarcerated to have religious affiliations. Only a few hundred years ago Christianity was responsible for some of the most horrendous atrocities ever recorded during what is referred to as "The Inquisition." And don't for one minute think that this contagion doesn't lie smoldering just under the blanket of so called tolerance and forgiveness. Like a deadly viper it waits for any opportunity to strike the unwary with violent and poisonous venom. Today, that same scenario is being played out as another "Holy War, Jihad, or Fatwa" throughout the Middle East all in the name of some imaginary sky fairy fantasy.
World populations today are slowly but surely responding to these illegitimate postulates within the confines of modern society. The overwhelming majority of reluctance and resistance is located in third world environments where preachers, imams, priests and witch doctors are still held in high esteem by their constituents supported by fanatical ideologies so far fetched as to give Stephen King and Anne Rice nightmares. The weirdest minds in the entire science fiction genre cannot begin to compete with what many consider as "gospel truths" by those who practice the hocus-pocus of religious nonsense. Science and governments worldwide are challenged by these deeply ingrained regimens of deceit as dogmatic rote is touted and practiced in the remotest regions of our planet. Our world itself is compromised by the incredulity of certain posits proclaimed by these diseases. Peace, prosperity, and the harmony of nations have been and are being damaged even as these words are written in the name of some wampus/wumpus from the deranged minds who hear THE voices inside their head.