Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mumbo-Jumbo World

I'd like to re-read Francis Wheen's How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. Alas, I don't have it anymore: I lent it to someone from whom I usually hear lots of mumbo-jumbo arguments. The temptation was simply too strong to resist.

This excellent book paints a remarkably accurate portrait of the delusional state we have reached. Strange cults, voodoo economics, creationism, religious fanaticism, mysticism, alien abductions, anti-evolutionism, post-modernism and general superstition are firmly established among us.

While we may have heard about a handful of notorious statistics or examples of shocking beliefs held by world's rulers, the collection presented in the book is eye-opening, if disheartening.

So what is happening? Wheen believes the values of the Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, are lost to us. The inspiring “Dare to Know” has been twisted into a menacing “Don't dare to think.”

He is right, just look around.

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