The strange case of René Descartes and Madame Guillotine
Ideas float around us like the tiny parachutes from a dandelion puffball, and they can have a huge influence on how we understand ourselves, other people, and the world we live in. Some ideas are helpful, like the idea that justice is important or that women and men are equally capable; some ideas are just incomprehensible, like the idea that the Earth is flat, that the NASA moon landings were faked, or that the European Union is covertly managing a programme of genocide against white Europeans. Others are simply old ideas that are still in circulation despite being disproved by advances in our knowledge and understanding.
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