Myth has its charms, but the truth is far more beautiful. – J. Robert Oppenheimer
It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth.* There is a quiet intellectual war going on; the naked truth is a fatality in the battle for scientific and philosophical supremacy. Since this book is about the “ongoing search for fundamental farces”† let me open with this. Around the time I began writing Delusions in Science and Spirituality, a congressman from my own state (Georgia), Paul Broun, who is also a medical doctor, publicly announced, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and big bang theory—all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” adding, “Global warming is a trick.” Broun, as it happens, sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
*Winston Churchill’s famous words reflected his belief that in time of war the truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a posse of lies.… Read the rest