Testing the edges of Reason

When I was a child I lived in several worlds. First was the world that I understood to be the normal one: a world where people had professional degrees and followed their doctor's instructions strictly and carefully; a world ruled by a solid-seeming secular and liberal consensus about what was scientific, what was certain, what was true.

Then there were the other, stranger worlds - which we explored for reasons of chronic illness, religious interest and some of the roving curiosity that defined my parents' generation at its best.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Testing the edges of Reason'. Print Edition | Subscribe