But as I said here once before, just about every bad thing is a perversion or excess of a good thing, and this is no exception. Matt Bailey set me straight on that, and the second quibcag is his reaction to the first.
Of course. One of the powers of the well-developed intellect is its ability to consider the possible truth of things that at first glance, seem to be in violation of common sense. What Matt points out here is one of the principles of Einstein's relativity, as I understand it, and while it has been proven to be true, and is universally accepted now, it remains in violation of one's knee-jerk common sense. It's to Einstein's credit that he followed logic to such a conclusion, and didn't let his common sense scare him off.
It didn't start with Einstein, of course.At one time, it seemed obvious to just about everybody that the Earth was flat, but observation and logic led to another conclusion that is now accepted by everybody.
Other ideas that no doubt seemed crazy at first were the germ theory of disease, evolution by natural selection, the curvature of space, and many more. You've probably thought of some others while reading this.
Again, as Matt points out, the problem is with intellectuals (or, again, pseudo-intellectuals) who get a kick out of making counterintuitive assertions that have not been proven and are probably false — most counterintuitive ideas are incorrect, after all — partly for their shock value, and all to often because said assertions are politically correct. and I know you can name a heap of those.
Matt Bailey read the above and responded, expanding on the theme:
An interesting point is that our society has effectively tested some liberal ideas over the last 100 years, come up with conclusive disproving evidence, and liberals have chosen to completely ignore this evidence. For instance, our societal experiments have absolutely proven that Asians are intellectually equal or slightly superior to Whites. Now liberals SHOULD be saying "Well, since Yellow does at least as well as White in the country these days, "White privilege" must not exist." Instead they just handicap Asian kids on Ivy league university admissions, these "anti-racists" apparently think too many Asian kids are being admitted. Meanwhile, out of every single human who has run the 100 meter in under ten seconds, only one has been non-Black, and Chris Le Maitre only recently and barely broke through that barrier. The modern liberal looks at all this and says "race is a social construct!"
Quibcags: The first is illustrated by "Sensei" of Denkigai no Hon'ya-san (デンキ街の本屋さん?, lit. "The Electric Town's Bookstore"). The second is illustrated by Marika Kato on her bicycle (the wheel and its rim, get it?), who, counterintuitively enough, when she's not being a schoolgirl riding her bike to school, is the captain of a space-pirate ship. You can learn more about her at Bodacious Space Pirates (モーレツ宇宙海賊パイレーツ Mōretsu Pairētsu)