I was shocked to the core when I read it. I mean my whole existence put in doubt by one simple stinging paragraph. How could I go on after having been so exposed? And that by such a high authority, as The Times Higher Education, no less. Wondering what I’m babbling about? I’ll let you see for yourselves. The following was posted in the THE by neuroscientist Russell Foster yesterday as his patent answer to the cocktail party question, “and what do you do?”
“Well,” I say, “as a scientist my occupation grapples with the fundamental nature of truth. It is worth reflecting that before the emergence of a robust scientific class in the 19th century, truth was defined by the whim of the ruling class. Indeed, we scientists wrested truth away from the claws of religious dogma and liberated humanity from the leaden hand of ignorance and, in the process, provided the evidenced-based infrastructure required for a truly democratic society – namely individual liberty and equality of opportunity. I suppose I’m just part of that meritocratic force that has defined our civilisation.”
First of all I wish to apologise to all of my readers for having deluded you for so long by maintaining the very obvious fiction that something like science or the search for truth existed before the nineteenth century. My efforts in this direction have now been exposed for the tissue of lies that they so obviously are and I can only hang my head in contrition and shame and beg for your forgiveness. I think under the circumstances it would be foolish for me to go on with the charade that I call my blog so I shall be ceasing all postings with immediate effect and withdrawing to a penguin colony in Antarctica to contemplate the error of my ways.