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By a 'silly' theory I mean one which may be held at the time when one is talking or writing professionally, but which only an inmate of a lunatic asylum would think of carrying into daily life....It must not be supposed that the men who maintain these theories and beliefs are 'silly' people. Only very acute and learned men could have thought of anything so odd or defended anything so preposterous against the continual protests of common sense.
Charlie D. Broad Mind and its Place in Nature
This, together with conversation from Saturday, has me thinking about the utility of idealism in society. If it didn't have value it wouldn't continue to persist.