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    Monday, December 12, 2005

    "Madness over Method"


    Jim Holt is upset in this week's Times magazine. Why? We masses don't care enough about the truth (science). We don't trust it. Pay no attention to that sidebar chart there. It means nothing. It's just there for fun.

    Please help me to understand why religious people feel the need to call their ideas "science" in an attempt to be heard (intelligent design); please help me to understand why the FDA had to pretend that medical, scientific reasons were behind their decision not to put emergency contraception over the counter. Because I thought this meant that anyone who didn't bow down before Science was a crazy. But maybe it doesn't mean anything. Maybe it's just for fun. Like the sidebar chart over there. But don't look at it.

    On the left, fashionable thinkers of recent years have declared that science is an ideological prop of global capitalism. In the guise of giving us an objective picture of reality, they say, science encodes a hidden justification for the dominance of one class (bourgeois), one race (white) and one sex (male).

    Yup. My Amusement Park, representing the "fashionable thinkers" of "the left".

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