All well said by Mark, as usual.Except . . . except . . . .THe real problem is that you can't THINK your way out of all your problems, or THINK your way to the Divine, or THINK your way through a lot of these issues. The virtue of reason is its logic nature. But that's also its limitation.And even the best philosophers still try to THINK their way through all these things. And that's why they keep hitting a wall, where experience is going to always trump ideology.
On this, Art, we are precisely in agreement. It amazes me that so many people who are supposed to be able to think so rarely realize the limitations of reason. I'm no irrationalist, and neither are you, but it's sort of like not knowing the difference between a spade and a rake.
Stephen Law is interviewed in "A field guide to bullshit":http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028160.200-a-field-guide-to-bullshit.html?full=true