Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Crackpot Redux #2

Crackpots really are fascinating, and here's a This American Life radio story about yet another guy who's disproved physics, or so he thinks. Again, focus on the top-down approach to the world, the conviction that something is wrong because it's counterintuitive and difficult to understand.

To emphasize: what is it that makes this guy more harmless than, say, Rick Warren? Two things: his convictions about Einstein aren't confusing his innate moral sense;
and he's not part of an army of followers with mass political influence. Atheism is a political and social problem, not a logical or philosophical one - in fact, in those last two realms, there is literally no problem at all.

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