Friday, November 13, 2015
Steven Gross sent me this link with the subject line "up your alley." He is absolutely right. There are really are some views that are so uninformed and so unresponsive to the obvious that listening carefully can be at least a waste of time and often a hazard to your intellectual health. There are many ideas out there that are truly bast their sell-by date but are nonetheless accorded a kind of respect that verges on the dishonest. I have spent more time than I care to considering some of these views prominent among some linguists, psychologists and neuroscientists and showing their shortcomings. Was it worth it? Not really. Like weeds they spring to life given half a chance. Oh well. At any rate, the Onion, again, gets it right. There is such a thing as being too open-minded.