CRITICAL LACUNAE: MONCKTON and CHOMSKY, GATEKEEPERS

The appeal to ignorance is an appeal to lack of imagination. Without imagination, new knowledge is impossible. How can you believe something you cannot imagine? When deployed by a trained mind, the argumentum ad ignorantiam represents a cynical ploy to exploit these limitations. One man who has argued with keen logic and clarity against the […]

SEEING AND BELIEVING

I first observed it in Amsterdam, relaxing in friend’s motorboat as we pottered around town and out into the countryside south of the city. It must have been 2009 or 10. All afternoon, lying back in the bow, I watched plane after plane laying down white trails in a blue sky — trails which twisted like […]