Wally (Wallace Shawn), in My Dinner with André (dir. Louis Malle, 1981):
“In the Middle Ages, before the arrival of scientific thinking as we know it today, well, people could believe anything. Anything could be true: the statue of the Virgin Mary could speak or bleed, or whatever it was. But the wonderful thing that happened was that then in the development of science in the western world, well, certain things did come slowly to be known and understood. I mean, you know, obviously, all ideas in science are constantly being revised; I mean, that's the whole point. But we do at least know that the universe has some shape and order and that, you know, trees do not turn into people or goddesses. And there are very good reasons why they don't, and you can't just believe absolutely anything.”I think that Todd Akin is living in the Middle Ages.
August 22: Todd Akin’s theorizing about rape and pregnancy dates back at least to the late thirteenth century.