Medawar on Chardin

We must not underestimate the size of the market for works of [...] philosophy-fiction. Just as compulsory primary education created a market catered for by cheap dailies and weeklies, so the spread of secondary and latterly tertiary education has created a large population of people, often with well-developed literary and scholarly tastes, who have been educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought.

Sir Peter Medawar
Indeed it has. I like to think that it's a price worth paying for having an educated population but the older and grumpier i become the less certain i am....
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