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Arthur Schopenhauer 1788-1860, German post-Kantian philosopher, who considered true philosophy as art, and accessible to only a few capable minds, in "Quotations on the wisdom of life", Chapter IV, Section 1, (1886)
A serious public debate about the validity of astrology? Aserious believer in the White House? Two of them? Give me a break. What stifledmy laughter is that the image fits. Reagan has always exhibited a feyindifference toward science. Facts, like numbers, roll off his back. And we'veall come to accept it. This time it was stargazing that became a serious issue. . ..Not that long ago, it was Reagan's support of Creationism . ...Creationists actually got equal time with evolutionists. The public wassupposed to be open-minded to the claims of paleontologists andfundamentalists, as if the two were scientific colleagues . . ..It has beenclear for a long time that the president is averse to science . . .In general,these attitudes fall onto friendly American turf . . ..But at the outer edges,this skepticism about science easily turns into a kind of naive acceptance ofnonscience, or even nonsense. The same people who doubt experts can also believeany quackery, from the benefits of laetrile to eye of newt to the movment ofplanets. We lose the capacity to make rational – scientific -- judgments. It'sall the same.