Monday, June 02, 2008

The trouble with experts (cont'd.) ...

... When Worlds Collide: The American past meets modern museum doctrine. (Hat tip, Paul Davis.)

"The ancient Americans weren't regular folks. They lived strange, spectacular lives on strange, spectacular continents untrod by man and more remote for them than Mars--or the world of museum curation--is for us. The ancient Americans were tough as hell. They did their share of nasty stuff. But even the Aztec don't deserve to be patronized, demeaned, and insulted by what is--or is supposed to be, or once was--one of the white man's great institutions of learning."

The oleaginous sanctimony is especially repellent.

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