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Gently Torn from the Headlines: The Conflation of Science and Magical Thinking

You could not ask for a better case study of the conflation of science and magical thinking presented here on 8/17 than in the news this past week.

U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, who (ironically) serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and is running for the Senate, has his own charmed — not to say fantastical — concept of biology. (No pun intended.) Women are wonderful creatures, if at times presenting a conundrum to themselves and men in certain aspects of their operation. But Mr. Akin needs to be educated on their design. Please see the NYT column by Maureen Dowd, who in addition to being a red-haired foxy lady is smart.

I think Mark Twain would have enjoyed meeting Congressman Akin. The latter would have confirmed Mr. Twain’s convictions. He confirms mine that everything old is new. – DA

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One response to “Gently Torn from the Headlines: The Conflation of Science and Magical Thinking

  1. tinydancer August 24, 2012 at 1:58 am

    [Edited for Brevity] Oh, yes, the enlightened Congressman Akin. Gail Collins also pillories Akin in her NYT piece: http://preview.tinyurl.com/d9x5x2c And the image of a pillory is apt, given the historical context that Ms. Collins provides. She may not be as foxy as M. Dowd, but I’d say she’s as trenchant, and has a similar takes-no-prisoners style.

    As to the “conundrums” of “certain aspects of [a woman’s] operation” – hmmm. That could be an allusion to our being creatures of “infinite variety,” or to the byzantine and mysterious design of our reproductive system. Or both. Those of us who have drawn the short stick, reproductively speaking, would generally assign said system a FAIL. EPIC FAIL. There’s quite a sisterhood of us, actually. Maybe we should all get T-shirts…

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