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Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.

The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein


I would like to suggest replacing the word “science” with “medicine”  in Heinlein’s offering above.  Scientific medicine is a redundancy – the other side is witchcraft.  Scholarship merely requires training, science requires ability.

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