IS the smugness of the 'new' monism unique? Egregious, unwarranted assurance of one’s correctness seems to me to be a feature of the desperation with which one holds those beliefs. To my eye, defenders of materialist/scientistic views seem just as smug as the “V R ALL 1” crowd. But maybe that’s just me: I find both equally annoying, and I have little desire to set either straight. But perhaps someone else here has something more entertaining to say on the subject.