A quick, high-yield read in the NY Times’ estimable Sunday Book Review today . . . well-written, insightful, nuanced, and informative – qualities all of us value and enjoy in an article. Back in the day I might have added, with a straight face, “fair and balanced.” But as you know, that perfectly legitimate phrase has been misappropriated and corrupted by the right-wing @$$holes at Faux News to the point that it may never be rehabilitated (except as a joke) in our lifetimes and to the lasting detriment of the American language.
I love science but not the smug pretentiousness of scientism. It is not helpful and reminds me of evangelicalism. It violates the cautious skepticism and the desire to get things right that lie at the heart of good science.
Phillip Kitcher is one impressive dude, and he gets it just right. IMHO, as always.