Pretensely scientific criticism of society frequently assumes the form of labeling others as “cargo cultists”. Well, even if that might sometimes strike a nerve, it can’t be denied that science itself is largelly a form of cargo cult, and that our society by and large is actually happy to be so —, as in, not only it is, but it knows it and is happy about it.
Take democracy, for example. The evidence that it does not work are abundant, but people insist that it is good just because everyone else says so. It comes from the skies (er, Europe) so it must be good. The occasional Churchill quote actually reinforces my point.
Like “pigeon superstition” (Mr. nobody allusion :-). We do stuff just to please our squandered pantheism and we get angry at anyone saying otherwise…
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