12-30-2010, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyrus Kirkpatrick
Interestingly, as Robert discusses in the podcast, it was the Royal Society who had to uproot the status quo in the 1600s in order to bring about an enlightened society, and to help usher in democracy. What was once the fringe became the status quo, and now once again the status quo seems to be out of control.
One skeptic friend of mine, a rather ardent member of the community and friend of Michael Shermer and many others, brought up a point with me as we were standing outside a pizza shop. He asked me what psi has accomplished when materialism helped build society as we know it. Why adopt a new paradigm when the existing one saved us from the church and gave us an enlightened planet?
My answer is that I don't care. What I care about is the truth. Even if that means the status quo has to be uprooted a second time around. If history repeats itself, then the future doesn't bode well for materialism.
thx for a great story... really gets to the point we were discussing... BTW I'm with you... and I don't have much patience for "ends justify the means" types.