"We have to be diligent. There are many forces in society working on behalf of ignorance," Krauss said.
He also hoped that attendees would find their inner scientist. Part of his goal was to raise awareness of the issues and provide people with the tools to counter non-science in their own discussions.
As graduate students, we are almost "programmed" to keep our focus on doing our research work. Most of the time, we just don't have the time nor the inclination to figure out society's odd behavior. So having issues like this being presented to these students now and then would serve as a wake-up call, and give then a dose of reality of what they will be facing when they graduate. It isn't just about the science, especially when the public has been shown to not care about facts in many instances.