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  • The Abbott and the Skeptic

    The Abbott and the Skeptic

    "A sucker is born every minute,” said Barnum, the 19th century showman. I saw enough of that when I lived in India and, on the recommendation of well-meaning friends, met revered gurus who quickly proved purveyors of snake oil. They would spout sacred verses in Sanskrit, which most Indians don’t know; but I had painstakingly …

    March 19, 2017