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[For a simple uneducated person the sentence, ‘The sky is blue,’ is a perfectly clear straightforward statement of fact. The sky is a thing, and blue is a quality, and the definite thing we call ‘sky’ sometimes has the unambiguous quality we call ‘blue.’ Nothing could be simpler. But thoughtful, analytical people like philosophers and scientists know better. The failure to distinguish between the relative simplicity of language and the much greater complexity and subtlety of reality is something which everyone is guilty of to a greater or lesser degree. That failure or unawareness could perhaps usefully be called ‘generic fundamentalism.’]

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