Thursday, June 02, 2005

"Doubt - a corrosive poison"

The title above is an entry taken from the Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, a witty compendium of tongue-in-cheek definitions poking fun at the language of anti-reason. Here are a few more good ones:
Something to be examined when it is our opponent's and taken for granted when it is our own

1. Something that can be tailored to the requirements of my arguments.
2. A tiresome thing that may conflict with something that I believe.

Everything. Often confused, by prepostmodern people, with entities like truth, reality, the world. "That's just your opinion," is the approved rebuke in such cases.

The insane, harmful, elitist idea that one should have some evidence before deciding something is true (see empiricism)

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