Respect for Reality; Mathematics as Art; Rich Rat, Poor Rat; Prescription for a Healthy Nation

The boundary between reality and irreality becomes increasingly fuzzy as people become so enmeshed in artifice as to become unable to discern the difference. Innumerable straws in the wind indicate that the line between actuality and artifice, between authentic and artificial reality is being increasingly blurred. ...

Even in science, with its defining mission of a rational inquiry into the nature of the real, the same sort of phenomenon of a loss of respect for reality can be