I do not know how to find out anything new without
being offensive. To the ignorant, all things are pure:
all knowledge is, or implies, the degradation of
something. One who learns of metabolism, looks at a
Venus, and realizes she's partly rotten. However, she
smiles at him, and he renews his ignorance. All things
in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes.
But spots on the sun, and lumps on the planets--and,
being a person of learning, or, rather, erudition, 
myself, I've got to besmirch something, or nobody
will believe I am--and I replace the pure, blue
sky with the wormy heavens...

- Charles Fort, Lo!