How Mumbo Jumbo Assails Us

Francis Wheen makes a spirited defence of the Enlightenment explicitly and implicitly in his wonderful attack on the madness and hysteria of the new dark ages we are living through.

If you have not read “How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World” you should. Wheen covers everything from art to politics and Princess Diana in equally savage terms backed up by that bane of the fantasists- evidence! If it does not make you laugh you will certainly weep and you will learn a great deal in whatever frame of mind it induces.

In London this month, there are several exhibitions that counter the post- modernist fervour of the last 30 years and the television is full of the legacy of modernism. A small crumb of comfort in an otherwise irrational world.

2 Responses to “How Mumbo Jumbo Assails Us”

  1. Ernest Says:

    How was it that you wrote that on the same day that I wrote my blog entry on the same subjects! Evidence for the fantasists?

  2. Linda Says:

    There is such a thing as pure chance or coincidence. It is the same thing as receiving a phone call from someone you just happened to be thinking about. But that is too prosaic for many people and inventing special meanings or supernatural “explanations” is all too tempting.

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