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Are you a pitgoat?

I hadn't heard the term

I hadn’t heard the term “pitgoat” before. It stands for: People In The Grip Of A Theory. Allen Stairs, a philosophy professor in Maryland, discusses in comments on Joel Achenbach’s blog. Pitgoats, he writes, tune out or twist the realities which don’t match their theory (something Voltaire also covered). But those of us who might blame pitgoats for our problems should tread with care. As Stairs notes: “Only a pitgoat would think that all the world’s woes are caused by pitgoats.”

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