The harm done unnecessarily to children — their lost time in school, not to mention missed socialization — is a blow from which many will never recover.
Joe wonders how a scientist could be so wrong and still keep his job.
Estranged from God, both art and science become incoherent babble, sliding toward an obsession with the prurient lure of triumphant evil.
The story ends with the phone number of a suicide prevention hotline. That’s just a sop after potentially putting lethal ideas into readers’ heads.