Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Same old, same old...

"The attempt to decide by law that the legends of a primitive Hebrew people regarding the genesis of man are more authoritative than the results of scientific inquiry might be cited as a typical example of the sort of thing which is bound to happen when the accepted doctrine is that a public organized for political purposes, rather than experts guided by specialized inquiry, is the final umpire and arbiter of issues."

--John Dewey, The Public and its Problems, published 1927 (LW 2: 313), cited in Raymond D. Boisvert, John Dewey: Rethinking our Time, page 80.

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