Urgh. Is it really 42%? That's depressing.
We need to start the education at the preschool level, teaching the kids how easy it is to be fooled and why we have to always question. You can then build on that at the elementary school level with concepts of objectivity and repeatabily. By the end on elementary school you can then begin philosophy of rationality and empiricism. This can all happen in parallel to teaching 'science facts' that we do now.
But none of this is currently happening at any kind of large scale.
Crystal spiritualism to me is just a reaction to the fact that people overascribe meaning to things that they like and enjoy, as a justification beyond “I enjoy it”. It goes hand in hand with the whole spiritualism around rock climbing or stand up paddle boarding or yoga - they’re all great fun, but, modern life under emphasizes the role of fun and preference and so people justify it with spiritualism.
anyway i agree with the point you're making, with one caveat: id say it's perfectly okay to do cocaine responsibly. it's just really difficult to do so evidently! if one were to only occasionally do it then i would think that the overall negative impact of it would be significantly less than what would happen if one were to do it consistently for a long period of time. granted my experience is with methamphetamine, which is, uh... an entirely different beast! but either way.
if someone likes crystals, it's ok to like them and to collect them, even to believe some woo things about them. but it's a problem when they start trying to convince everyone else that their experience is absolute and not just anecdotal. the same concept in a roundabout way goes for cocaine: if you like it, by all means, enjoy it! just be responsible with it. personally i don't like cocaine at all, just the way that it smells /s
You’re going to have to rejig several years of curriculum based on the Easter bunny, various Christmas holiday creations, children’s books and probably ruin a lot of imaginative fantasy books.
I’m okay with it though, my older siblings basically did the same thing to me from a young age.
Note about teaching reason:
Cognitive biases and logical fallacies should be teached too.
When my boy was a preschooler he came home one day with a terrible story about how his friend's dad had been sucked up by a vacuum cleaner! He was pretty spooked by the story. I simply said, "Hmm, interesting, let's try it." We got out the vacuum cleaner and I let him attempt to suck me up with it. It was fun, funny, and I could see the lightbulb go off in his head.
And if you simply believe that the physical world is all there is, well i guess whatever spirituality is, then it must be located in matter.
So i guess i don't find it that depressing compared to all the other batshit crazy things people believe.
I remember discovering  decades ago when the internet was young. It was funny back then. I search for it recently to illustrate to my kids how wild the early internet was, and to my horror found it hadn't disappeared. One the contrary, it had grown stronger. (Definitely same site run by the same woman - I have never forgotten her face.)
I think plenty of people walk through a museum and feel that certain inanimate physical objects carry a nearly spiritual weight. That didn't mean they think there's healing power in a geode.
Giant crystals are one of the few remaining truly scarce assets, more rare than that limited edition Bugatti, and unlike gemstones (diamond, ruby, ...) they have a novelty factor (not to mention sheer size).
She told me that she keeps a crystal next to the family computer to help protect it from computer viruses.
Do you just shut down and walk away and find a different conversation to join?
Do you humor them?
Do you ruin your reputation and friendship by telling the man's wife "You're stupid"?
Do you try to politely explain something to someone who is dumb as a crystal and will probably never be able to understand?
Do you call 911 because they might be having a stroke or psychotic episode?
But most of the time, change the subject.
And this hilarious video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MM0Z_jCrGo
Thinking of that made me realize that I would rather date someone on crystal meth than someone on crystals.
This wasn't even thier worst quality. But I will always remember thier 'crystal' hobby.
There's nothing good about encouraging the delusions of people who can't tell the difference between the real world and faerie tales. That it gives them "comfort" is irrelevant when it's false comfort.
>>If anything, Stamison wonders if the circumstances of miners in Madagascar, “makes the pieces a lot more special. Because I know some person in a little baby hut was actually polishing it by hand, and they’re setting their intentions into it, too,” she said. “People’s intentions and people’s energy are put into the stones as they’re producing it.”
“So the circumstances they’re mined in, they are embedded into the stone somehow?” I asked.
“I think so. A little bit, it has to be. It has to be.”
I'm sure evidence-based medicine started a lot earlier than the 20th century e.g. Semmelweis' theory on doctors attending child births cleaning their hands in the 1840s.
A lot of current practices have been found to have no evidence to back them up and are still prevalent in the medical industry