Sunday, 3 December 2017

Two thousand year old wisdom

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Mrs. Opimian:  I think, doctor, you would not maintain any opinion if you had not an authority two thousand years old for it.

The Rev. Dr. Optimian: Well, my dear, I think most opnions worth mentioning have an authority  of about that age.

I am rereading Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock.

When and why did we stop revering the wisdom of the past and start assuming that all opinions widely held before 1965 are probably malign?

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