"The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're deluded now, and when we act out, we imagine our own reality. And while you're studying our delusions -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act out again, imagining other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's assholes . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we imagined.''"