"That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."
It's true. You'll be sitting there with your friends, having a beer and trying to address a serious issue. And some guy named Karl will start spouting a bunch of post-modern bullshit. Every. Single. Time. And nobody will call him on it because it's his turn to buy the next round.