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Parker: Seeking a vaccine for ignorance
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WASHINGTON -- Flashback: Galileo is sitting under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun, which, contrary to Scripture, was at the center of what we now call the solar system. We find this historical anecdote preposterous today, but people were persecuted for lesser heresies in Galileo’s time. Though we are now centuries removed from such dim-wittery, we find ourselves in a not-dissimilar pickle.