In Reply to: They are posted by Passing By on July 11, 2005 at 18:15:56:
I'm in the middle of reading Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark." This passage reminded me of what you wrote here:
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new ones rise."