Sense and Sensibility

Ophelia Benson


Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted to his 5.43 million followers on June 29: “Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence." I’m a big fan of Tyson’s, but I think that tweet is a good illustration of why we can’t solve all of our problems just by handing over government to The Scientists.

  1. “Rationalia" isn’t. Humans are not so constituted as to be able to function in a world of pure rationality.
  2. A one-line constitution is not desirable.
  3. If you’re going to boil a nation’s goals down to one line, that’s the wrong line.


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