A scientist calls for censorship while having the chutzpah to quote from Thomas Paine, a foremost spokesman for free speech in Western democracy.
I can hardly resist the temptation to say “I told you so,” or to jokingly remark, “Oops, they did it again.”
One might call the 20th century a “philosopher of the gaps” period, with scientists basking in the headlines and philosophy finding less and less to do.
A friend recommends this passage from biologist Wayne Rossiter’s book Shadow of Oz for its delightful analogy.
When you read Matti Leispola’s account of his adventures with a persecuted enclave of Darwin skeptics, you’ll understand why he has a smile on his face.