Mark Russell (born August 23, 1932) is an American political satirist and comedian. He is best known for his series of semi-monthly comedy specials on PBS television between 1975 and 2004. His routines were a mix of political stand-up humor covering current events, and musical parodies in which he accompanied himself on his trademark American flag-themed piano.
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In the Middle Ages people believed that the earth was flat, for which they had at least the evidence of their senses: we believe it to be round, not because as many as 1 percent of us could give the physical reasons for so quaint a belief, but because modern science has convinced us that nothing that is obvious is true, and that everything that is magical, improbable, extraordinary, gigantic, microscopic, heartless, or outrageous is scientific.
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.