I find that more and more. It is not just the people you would expect to be slightly neanderthal in their attitudes - creationists, flat-earthers, as it were - but actually people who think of themselves as radicals, progressives. That is part of the problem I've found with postmodernism.

This is the bizarre thing. This exact period I'm writing about is also a period of the most extraordinary scientific and technological achievement, from the mapping of the human genome to the creation of the internet. It seems paradoxical that there should be this proliferation of mumbo jumbo at a time of such immense change and upheaval, but that may be a partial explanation for it.

She and Harold are very affecting to watch.