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The Parable


What if ... ?

Alasdair MacIntyre in his work After Virtue provides a modern parable that, although not intended for this post-pandemic era, somehow speaks to the state of our judgment crisis:

Imagine that the natural sciences were to suffer the effects of a catastrophe. A series of environmental disasters are blamed by the general public on the scientists. Widespread riots occur, laboratories are burnt down, physicists are lynched, books and instruments are destroyed. Finally a Know-Nothing political movement takes power and successfully abolishes science teaching in schools and universities, imprisoning and executing the remaining scientists. Later still there is a reaction against this destructive movement and enlightened people seek to revive science, although

Well, we just may have arrived at such a dystopia.

Prepare for worse.