Enlightenment 2.0 (Updated)

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  1. greglas says:

    >> I doubt that the New York Times would run a similar piece by a person who thinks that he was abducted by space aliens or that George W. Bush orchestrated the attacks on 9/11.

    Because I think the house ghost is considered less threatening to the realms, respectively, of science and politics, which, for legitimate institutional reasons, demand that higher standards of evidence back up any factual assertions that threaten to destabilize the truth claims made in those fields.

    To believe in ghosts generally doesn’t threaten those who wield power — hence there’s less likelihood of being called to account for the belief, and people are freer to engage in the belief, if they choose to do so.

  2. >> I doubt that the New York Times would run a similar piece by a person who thinks that…George W. Bush orchestrated the attacks on 9/11.

    Well maybe not George Bush but I can see a piece instead naming Dick Cheney making it past all kinds of editors at the Times…