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This is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what a well-funded, brutally effective, utterly insipid mind-f*ck of the public looks like.
The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson
"I remember clearly the spring of 1988. It was the end of my first school year in Alabama. We were taking some sort of standarized bubble-filler test that I'd completed very early, leaving me with Lord Foul's Bane and a lot of time to kill. That wa..." Read more of this review »
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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars by Michael E. Mann
"Dr. Michael Mann is more than an exceptional scientist - he is a soldier for truth. Real science, as practiced by Dr. Mann, is like that. Only verifiable facts are left standing as survivors at the end of the battle. But, Mann is no pallid researc..." Read more of this review »
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Steven Pinker
“Perhaps the most extraordinary popular delusion about violence of the past quarter-century is that it is caused by low self-esteem. That theory has been endorsed by dozens of prominent experts, has inspired school programs designed to get kids to feel better about themselves, and in the late 1980s led the California legislature to form a Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem. Yet Baumeister has shown that the theory could not be more spectacularly, hilariously, achingly wrong. Violence is a problem not of too little self-esteem but of too much, particularly when it is unearned.”
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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“The dominant theories of elite art and criticism in the 20th century grew out of a militant denial of human nature. One legacy is ugly, baffling, and insulting art. The other is pretentious and unintelligible scholarship. And they’re surprised that people are staying away in droves?”
Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Massimo Pigliucci
“[T]he downside of skepticism: it can easily turn into an arrogant position of a priori rejection of any new phenomenon or idea, a position that is as lacking in critical thinking as the one of the true believer, and that simply does not help either science or the public at large.”
Massimo Pigliucci, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk

Steven Pinker
“If we are not to abandon values such as peace and equality, or our commitments to science and truth, then we must pry these values away from claims about our psychological makeup that are vulnerable to being proven false.”
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“The more you think about and interact with other people, the more you realize that it is untenable to privilege your interests over theirs, at least not if you want them to listen to you. You can’t say that my interests are special compared to yours any more than you can say that the particular spot that I am standing on is a unique part of the universe because I happen to be standing on it that very minute.”
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