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TerzaRima
04-18-2008, 11:26 PM
Excellent Slate article about the rise of conspiratorial thinking about science (http://www.slate.com/id/2189178/entry/2189361/)

There's an excellent line in here about how obsessive fear of uncertainty is the opposite of science. Good read.

donroc
04-18-2008, 11:57 PM
I remember the academic hysteria vs. Velikovsky when his WORLDS IN COLLISION came out, and Sagan continued to trash him through subsequent decades.

small axe
04-19-2008, 11:08 AM
Interesting. And yet, the first defense of any actual conspiracy -- upon being discovered -- is probably to discount its discoverers as being 'paranoid' :)