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  •  Eventually they will die off (4+ / 0-)

    Krauthammer and Will and the rest will eventually follow Broder into the Great Villager Reunion in the Sky.

    Then a new crop of Villagers will arise who will have their own collection of truisms that are completely unrelated to facts or evidence and a new Nate Silver will give us a great book mocking their pabulum.

    The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

    by freelunch on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:20:26 AM PST

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    •  The problem is that when myth fights science (1+ / 0-)
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      "If a philosopher or social scientist were to try to encapsulate a single principle that yoked together the intellectual process of civilization (sic), it would be a gradual dismantling of presumptions of magic. Brick by brick, century by century, with occasional burps and hiccups, the wall of superstition has been coming down. Science and medicine and political philosophy have been on a relentless march in one direction only -- sometimes slow, sometimes at a gallop, but never reversing course. Never has an empirical scientific discovery been deemed wrong and replaced by a more convincing mystical explanation. ("Holy cow, Dr. Pasteur! I've examined the pancreas of a diabetic dog, and darned if it's NOT an insulin deficiency, but a little evil goblin dwelling inside. And he seems really pissed!") Some magical presumptions have stubbornly persisted way longer than others, but have eventually, inexorably fallen to logic, reason and enlightenment, such as the assumption of the divine right of kings and the entitlement of aristocracy. That one took five millennia, but fall it did.

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