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Dr Johnson Speaks

Samuel Johnson urges hacks to read PubMed

Is blog worthwhile? we wonder, but he encourages all dissidents

samjohnson.jpegFinding the confusion and ignorance of the mob detestable this afternoon, we decided to contact Samuel Johnson, reposing in his honored place in heaven and looking down with magnanimity on the vain strivings of the human race to rise above their muddled and unreasonable nature, which he analyzed so well in the Rambler and the Idler.

We wondered what the great English critic would make of their widespread refusal to accept enlightenment from this and other blogs who try seemingly in vain to break the lock the medical and scientific authorities have on public truth and wisdom, all the while denying their own scripture, and disowning the very studies they themselves carry out and write up in the scientific literature, which so roundly contradict their every claim in HIV∫AIDS.

We had no trouble getting through on our VoIP now that heaven is merely one destination on the Internet, and we found the great Cham in a good mood, with plenty of time to give his meta view of the fantastic pandemic now sweeping across the world as the AIDS meme infects ever more earthly minds.

samjohnsonbig.jpegTruthseeker: Good afternoon, Dr Johnson. As we have always greatly admired your lifelong practice of analyzing human affairs with sound reason and robust common sense, we would like to ask you what you think of what is happening today in the realm of HIV∫AIDS, and whether you think there is any use at all in our writing this blog?

Dr. Johnson: Ah, you are clearly becoming discouraged at the lack of progress you estimate your excellent blog has made so far in altering the tide of human affairs. I have often had occasion to consider the contrary effects of presumption and despondency; of heady confidence, which promises victory without contest, and heartless pusillanimity, which shrinks back from the thought of great undertakings, confounds difficulty with impossibility, and considers all advancement towards any new attainment, as irreversibly prohibited.

Truthseeker: We are torn between the two, indeed.

Dr Johnson: Presumption will be easily corrected. Every experiment will teach caution, and miscarriages will hourly shew, that attempts are not always rewarded with success. The most precipitate ardour will, in time, be taught the necessity of methodical gradation and preparatory measures; and the most daring confidence be convinced that neither merit, nor abilities, can command events.

Truthseeker: Well, we are trying to be optimistic, but the failure last year of 12 pages of crystal clear text published by the angelic Celia Farber in Harpers in March to provoke coverage from the rest of the mainstream press for a whole year, until the scientifically uninformed and intellectually feeble counter to it in the New Yorker a few weeks ago, has discouraged our faith in the capacity of journalists of any stripe to read the scientific literature for themselves, despite being given instant access to it in PubMed for a decade.

Dr. Johnson: Don’t yield, Sir. It is the disadvantage of vehemence and activity, that they are always hastening to their own reformation; because they incite us to try whether our expectations are well grounded, and therefore detect the deceits which they are apt to occasion. But timidity is a disease of the mind more obstinate and fatal; for a man once persuaded that any impediment is insuperable, has given it, with respect to himself, that strength and weight which it had not before.

Truthseeker:
But the thing that we see is that arts graduates seem to feel that anything to do with science is beyond their understanding, and they are forced to accept whatever scientists tell them however fishy it may seem in the light of common sense, because even a sentence or two of math and science instantly freezes their neurons with a kind of elemental terror.

Dr. Johnson: Of all the bugbears by which the Infantes barbati. boys both young and old, have been hitherto frighted from digressing into new tracts of learning, none has been more mischievously efficacious than an opinion that every kind of knowledge requires a peculiar genius, or mental constitution, framed for the reception of some ideas, and the exclusion of others; and that to him whose genius is not adapted to the study which he prosecutes, all labour shall be vain and fruitless, vain as an endeavour to mingle oil and water.

Truthseeker:
So you feel that not only Grub Street scribblers should be brave enough to tackle difficult subjects, but that anyone can?

teakettle.jpegDr. Johnson: False hopes and false terrours are equally to be avoided. Every man who proposes to grow eminent by learning, should carry in his mind, at once, the difficulty of excellence, and the force of industry; and remember that fame is not conferred but as the recompense of labour, and that labour vigorously continued, has not often failed of its reward.

Truthseeker: This is a message which will lift the hearts of many truthseekers in this realm, Doctor, and we thank you for it. But since we hear that your eternal kettle is boiling, we will excuse ourselves to let you make some celestial tea and revisit you shortly with further inquiry.

Dr, Johnson: Sir, it is my pleasure to have made your acquaintance, and I look forward to renewing it shortly.

3 Responses to “Dr Johnson Speaks”

  1. MacDonald Says:

    The mystery of Truthseeker’s privileged access is hereby solved.

  2. Truthseeker Says:

    Force of industry, MacDonald? Labor vigorously continued?

  3. MacDonald Says:

    Just being pleasantly urbane. From a postmodern point of view the recompense of labour is seldom intelligibly distributed.

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