Tag Archives: Voltaire’s Candide

Sidestepping Optimism

The eighteenth century, which gave us the concept that we really could figure out the world, all on our own, by careful observation and then thinking about what we saw and then more observation, and which also gave us the … Continue reading

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Hijacking Darwin for Fun and Profit

In the old days, rather than talk about congressmen who like to get naked and grope and tickle their male aides, or whether the president was really born in Kenya or Indonesia or wherever, people talked about the big questions. … Continue reading

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