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Prometheus Bedeviled: Science and the Contradictions of Contemporary Culture Levitt, Norm Rutgers University Press (June 1, 1999)

Consider this quote, found in the book, by Colin McGinn:

” The rationalist conception of reason clashes with a popular & misguided ideal of freedom. Logic, after all, constrains our thinking. We must obey its mandates. Yet people don’t want to be constrained; they want to feel they can choose their beliefs, like beans in a supermarket. They want to be able to follow their impulses & not be reined in by impersonal demands. To suggest that there is only a single correct way to reason feels like a violation of the inalienable right to do whatever one wants to do.” - pg 81 of Prometheus Bedeviled by Norm Levitt

and this quote from a review:

Levitt’s is a brilliant polemic, both thought-provoking and entertaining. I am deeply sympathetic to his main arguments about the nature of scientific knowledge and to his claims for a privileged role for science. I also agree that the general “dumbing-down” of society has had a disastrous impact both on science and on perceptions of science.—Kenan Malik, The Independent, July 11, 1999

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