“uninhibited by ideological pressure..”

In conversation with Mick yesterday I happened to mention the eagerness with which some had run with the Daily Mail’s take on the released text of Pope Benedict XVI’s New Year message on peace and the environment and, in particular, Bad Science’s Ben Goldacre’s response to the distortion of that text. So I have nothing but praise for Shane at Present Tense for posting his own corrective. Mind you, Benedict could have simply quoted Sir Francis Bacon on the Idols of the Cave in his ‘New Instrument for Rational Thinking’.. If he hadn’t just publicly criticised Bacon, that is..