The common notion that intellectual progress is to be had by thrusting off the chains of prejudice and seeing the world through the naked eyes of pure and unadulterated reason—this notion, I submit, is among the most silly and preposterous to ever enter the human mind. Reason can do nothing until it has premises from which to draw conclusions; and save for our immediate thoughts and sensations, all of our premises are drawn from, or dependent on, intuition. Try constructing a world view—try constructing the view that there is a world at all—without taking for granted a certain interpretation of your thoughts and sensations (in which I include memories).
Notwithstanding this rather basic truth, a certain sect of starry-eyed dreamers have a habit of dividing the world into two classes of people—the thoroughly scientific, who proceed purely on the basis of evidence, and the unwashed masses, who are (alas, alas) quite oblivious to the former group’s superiority. This world view, of course, has an obvious charm for shallow and vain people, of which I am fortunate enough to be one. Embrace a rule of epistemology, and you are admitted—in a single step—into an aristocracy of right-thinkers. It is a false aristocracy, nonetheless.