Heretical truths: more great wisdom from the X-Files

This time from the pen of Howard Gordon:

Scully: “So you’re basing this theory on a folk tale.”

Mulder: “It’s just another way of describing the same truths, right? I mean, all new truths begin as heresies and end as superstitions.* We fear the unknown so we reduce it to the terms most familiar to us. Whether that’s a folk tale, or a disease or a conspiracy.”

Scully: “Mulder, even if you’re right, I mean especially if you’re right, why would he leave his own country to come here?”

Mulder: “Free cable.”

from “Teliko”, episode 4×04

* Paraphrasing T. H. Huxley: “History warns us, however, that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.”

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