Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ganders Need Not Apply
Jason Rosenhouse offers a defense of sorts of A.C. Grayling's ignorant portrayal of Jesuits. Jason doesn't put much effort in it -- seemingly limited to an exhaustive search of one Wikipedia article -- and it shows.
Worse, Jason begins hauling Grayling's goalposts around, as ThonyC demonstrates.
The mindset that Grayling was extolling (supposedly the opposite of the Jesuits) is purported to "inquire, examine, experiment, research, propose ideas and subject them to scrutiny, [and] change their minds when shown to be wrong." But Jason does only the most superficial possible inquiry, research or scrutiny and shows no inclination to even entertain the possibility that he and Grayling are wrong.
Apparently, Grayling's standard is more honour'd in the breach than the observance.