Tuesday, January 28, 2014

That Socrates, What a Pinhead

"Bill O’Reilly, it should be noted, is a man whose mind is entirely undarkened by doubt. I have seen him refuse even to consider the arguments of a Notre Dame theology professor who took exception to his interpretation of the life and message of Jesus. When Juan Williams told him that Jonathan Gruber from MIT had calculated that 80 percent of American citizens would find their health insurance unchanged under Obamacare, O’Reilly responded, 'I don’t believe that for a second…That’s what some pinhead says. That’s not a fact.'
"Doubt, as well as its cousins ambiguity, complexity, subtlety, and nuance, are simply not welcome on O’Reilly’s show. Socrates said 'To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.' Bill O’Reilly, I imagine, would think that Socrates was a pinhead."

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