1. Vaughan

    Many, many years ago when the Woods Hole Oceanic Institute in Massachussetts was just starting to look seriously at Santorini and the huge volcanic eruption that created its modern shape, I wrote a term paper arguing that the Minoan city there was indeed Atlantis, remembered dimly in the minds of the Egyptians who reported the tale to Herodotus. I am still convinced by the abundance of evidence now much greater than it was then that is was the source of the Mediterranean memory. If you take Plato’s description and compare it to the known facts of pre-volcanic Minoan Santorini it is very convincing. And I am in complete agreement with your argument about closeminded a priori certainties. There are way, way too many squint-minded self-appointed authorities on everything today–voting their ignorance and self-rightousness. Very scary.

    • Bookscrounger

      I agree, but only sheepishly.

      My memory is filled with too many instances in which I was the squint-minded one…


      • Robin Tanner

        Kinda funny Joe, but I remember only one exchange between you and Tony at the Program. I can’t remember what position you were defending but you held forth as evidence that Jesus was the most perfect man who ever lived. Tony retorted “Oh Joe, what a thing to say to a Jew”.

        Funny what sticks with us over the years!

        • Bookscrounger

          Oh Lord. Oh hope I’m not held accountable for anything I said as a kid.

          Or yesterday, for that matter…

  2. collin237

    Darwinism is not defined by what Darwin wrote. It’s defined by what the evidence showed.

    And the scientific method was an over-generalization that scientists no longer believe that they’re following.

    Saying “probably” about questions with well-established answers is just going to teach kids that “probably” means “yes”.

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