by Brad Nelson 6/30/16
Neil Tyson is an intellectual sociopath. I found two recent articles on his sociopathic intellectual idea of “Rationalia,” that “All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence,” in the words of Tyson.
I’m not here to examine his stupid idea as much as I am to show you two articles that deal with it. One by David Klinghoffer is short and sweet and gets to the central point:
The problems are obvious. Who would weigh the relevant “evidence”? What about questions — the vast majority in government — that turn upon the application of values once the “evidence,” whatever there may be, is available?
There’s another article by Kevin Williamson that, frankly, I lost interest in. For some reason, instead of getting to the point, he bloviates on and on about other stuff. Maybe he ended up making an even better point than David Klinghoffer. But the lesson is, what good is the point if no one reads it?
There is this temptation by smart people to insert a bunch of build-up before they get to the point as if preparing us for their Solomon-like wisdom. Our minds might crumble and be overwhelmed otherwise. On the other hand, Klinghoffer respects his audience and gets to the point.
If you’re out there writing articles for here or elsewhere, keep that in mind. No one wants to read your mental masturbation. If you have a point, get to it. By all means, elaborate on your main points. But unless you get to the point, and actually have a point, who wants to sift through paragraph after paragraph of build-up? This thought is not aimed at anyone in particular (but certainly it is a self-lesson I try to keep in mind). But all could benefit from being more David-like and less Kevin-like.
Plus, I find that with true understanding usually comes brevity. David Klinghoffer clearly understands the central fallacy of governing by “data” and “evidence” and it’s that most societal questions have little to do with those things.
Neil Tyson expunges the moral dimension from the question of laws and government…thus marking himself as an intellectual sociopath.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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