I'm talking about incredibly intelligent, well-read people here.
By dead wrong, I don't mean inaccurate predictions or garbled analysis. That's par for the course and is to be expected.
After all, being wrong is a part of being human. I've been wrong about many things and will continue to be wrong about many more things. No, by dead wrong I mean wrong in the most fundamental way -- at the level of metaphysical assumptions -- at the core concept level of being, existence, and reality.
Experiencing intelligent, well-read people being consistently and predictably wrong at this level -- the level of first principles -- has been difficult to ignore and increasingly challenging to excuse.
It wouldn't be nearly so bad if the dead wrongers admitted that they should at least consider honestly re-evaluating their assumptions, but very few appear willing or able to do so.
As far as I can tell, they've made their commitments, and they're sticking to them. Fine and well, but I hope they understand that everything they continue to say about theology, spirituality, morality, ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, logic, cosmology, and all the rest of it now requires a boulder of salt.
A mere grain is insufficient to cover dead wrong.