I've gotten very busy with FG&G stuff, writing other things, working on the boxed set, &etc. which is why there have been few posts this week. However, I felt I needed to address something:
Alexis Smolensk (no I will not link his blog here, he doesn't deserve the traffic) has just made a rambling post about a shitty film musical. In it, he uses a snippet of dialog to illustrate how he is one of those few people in the world who simply knows things—knows that they are correct and that their "thesis" (his word, not mine) is correct. I had, at one point, a grudging respect for Alexis' antisocial tomfoolery as basically harmless and sometimes containing gems of wisdom. After today, I realized I can shorten every single one of his arguments—his carefully crafted arguments, mind you, in which not one word has been placed without due consideration (his words, not mine)—to a single sentence.
"I'm right and you are wrong if you disagree, there is nothing to be said on the topic beyond that."
While he may prance around in a silly grumpy jester's costume and claim to be an intellectual, there really is nothing more toxic to intellectual pursuit than an attitude incapable of doubt.