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Opinions and subjective commentary dominate the public discourse around virtually all topics. Systematic inquiry and critique has been relegated to esoteric nether regions devoid of intriguing rhetoric and far removed from the considerations of average people. A tiny minority cries afoul and sounds off about the downfall of intelligent human communication, and yet the masses crave more bullshit and the hearsay parade marches on. And, collectively, we…