Ideas do indeed have consequences, but not all ideas play out the same way or weave their way in the history of ideas toward the same destination.
Berlinski schools Steven Pinker, the famed Harvard cognitive psychologist, on the relevant math, reminding him that “poorly defined problems very often lead to absurd solutions.”
“Animal standing” is really a Trojan horse to allow animal rights extremists to seek court rulings enforcing their own ideology.
We may think that we’re untouched by trends in thinking that go on far away. In a science lab or a science classroom, for instance. But that’s wrong.
With a proposal for human/chimp hybrids, evolutionist David Barash vents his rage against religion.