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Really? And, pray tell, how does one know what is true?

Such people are very much like drunkards who use a lamp post for support rather than illumination. I can empathize, because I like to drink and, when I’m drunk, I get all sorts of crazy ideas which I am unfailingly certain are brilliantly profound. Happily, the effect wears off when I’m sober.

That seems to be an advantage I have over some others I’ve met who not only come up with crazy ideas, but then go in search of evidence to back them up. That’s a big problem. Ours is a messy world, with lots of seemingly contradictory data and confusing logic. To glean the truth, we need to be careful.

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