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I am happy to be a member of any choir to which Mr. Doctorow preaches.

And I wish he'd declared us, those who demand the primacy of reason, to be the cult we are: Reason is the most extreme of Fundamentalisms, denying as it does its own implausibility, the vastness of the accumulated evidence against it, the miniscule fragments of our bodies devoted to it.

Only when we accept ourselves as chiliasts, with an impossible mission, can we apply ruthelessly our determination to haul our mewling, puking species into a life of the heart and the mind.