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From: "Society for Literature & Science" 

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-> the truth in plain language (was quietude)
by duemer@polaris.clarkson.edu
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Date: 29 Oct 1998 21:15:16 -0800
From: duemer@polaris.clarkson.edu
Subject: the truth in plain language (was quietude)
From the lead editorial in _The Sciences_ (Nov./Dec. 1998), the
magazine of the New York Academy of Sciences, written by Rodney W.
Nichols, "President and CEO" of the Academy: "Our
distinguished
magazine _The Sciences_--the publication you hold in your hands--is
one way the Academy tells the truth in plain language about science,
quashing junk and educating a general audience. But the problem of
how to combat ignorance is large and growing . . ."
Breathtaking epistemological confidence, worthy of Loyola. And the
Olympian tone--it's no wonder large numbers of Americans believe in
astrology and satanic cults--it certainly beats the bland platitudes
of the Academy. Science is so much more interesting than its
ideologues and party hacks portray it.
jd
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