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.”
When you live with an ideology long enough, it can take root in your mind and have a lasting effect.
Recently I had the opportunity to see Prague’s famed astronomical clock, the oldest still-working astronomical clock in the world. It is truly phenomenal.
They have taken on the masks of their former taskmasters and let their heritage stand empty, though thankfully not yet in ruins.
Or ask the next theistic Darwin-appeaser who soothes us with the assurance that there is nothing terribly corrosive about the evolutionary perspective.