Thursday, October 19, 2006

[education] the assault on intellectualism

Perry Mason, advocate, had just finished pointing out an anomaly in Sergeant Holcombe’s evidence in a murder trial and now asked, ‘Does that seem logical to you?’
Sergeant Holcombe hesitated a moment, then said, ‘Well, that’s one of those little things. That doesn’t cut so much ice. Lots of times you’ll find little things which are more or less inconsistent with the general interpretation of evidence.'
‘I see,’ Mason said. ‘And when you encounter such little things, what do you do, Sergeant?’
‘You just ignore ’em,’ said Holcombe.
‘And how many such things have you ignored, Sergeant, in reaching your [current] conclusion?’
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