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How on earth did educated men ever come to this sort of conclusion? Did they simply not come into contact with any women other than, say, a scullery maid or their sassy teenage daughter? I just can't understand it. Did these men have no respect for their wives?

The same way "educated" men came to the conclusion that the earth is flat, that the sun revolves around the earth, that orbits are perfect circles...plus epicycles, that breaking the sound barrier was impossible, that bacteria cannot possibly have anything to do with disease and washing hands in hospitals is a waste of time, etc. etc.

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