Psychology: Communication of Ideas and Patterns of Thought

“…The attack against reason and objectivity is fast reaching the proportions of a crusade…We desperately need to reaffirm the principle that it is possible to carry out an analysis of social life which rational human beings will recognize as being true, regardless of whether they happen to be women or men, whites or black, straights or gays, employers or employees, Jews or born-again Christians.  The alternative is to stand by helplessly as special interest groups tear the United States apart in the name of their “separate realities” or to wait until one of them grows strong enough to force its irrational and subjective brand of reality on all the rest.”  Marvin Harris, from American Now, written nearly 40 years ago, urgently true today.