Check out this Globe & Mail article by Canadian Heather Mallick. Incisive and witty.
Reminds me of something I've been thinking about on and off for at least the past year. Its this idea, related to what Josh Marshall calls up-is-downism, that if someone comes up with an explanation, no matter how outrageous it is, we must give credence to it, regardless of the fact that the simple truth is quite blindingly obvious. Can we all say Occam's Razor, in unison?
[PRINCIPLE OF PARSIMONY or PRINCIPLE OF SIMPLICITY
A criterion for deciding among scientific theories or explanations. One should always choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. (see occam's razor) ]