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have tried to show how another culture's knowledge can give us insight into our own, and it happens that science and personality are two of the areas in which our culture needs some new understanding. Our mass media, including the schools, have discouraged the critical attitude of wondering why a particular person says a certain thing, and they have actively suppressed the idea that our science and psychology could be tainted by hidden political or financial motives. When a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee expresses an opinion on new sources of energy (e.g., "wind power is for the birds"), we could better evaluate that opinion if we knew he worked asa consultant for General Atomic and Avco. Other "scientific opinions" should also be treated with suspicion, but sometimes the hidden motives will be extremely hard to discover. "Culture" might be defined as a system of hidden motives, and in this case the only way to criticize it will be by getting outside it.
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The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Raymond Jackson 'Ray' Pentland, CB, QHC (born 14 July 1957) is a British Church of England priest.
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