Sociologist Frank Furedi has an interesting column at Spiked Online about how scientific authority is replacing religious and moral authority. Link: The tyranny of science (via Arts & Letters Daily).
Nice to read such an article. The debate should go beyond "should the Pope talk at the university?". In a broader sense, science and religion are competing for the colonization of consciousness. The origins of technology and of modern science have a common history that comes from Christianity, even though nowadays they look as being on the opposite side. Science and technology are seen as the ultimate savior from physical and mental suffering, from poverty, from injustice, from global warming. Technology is seen as our path to heaven. I wrote recently about that in my article at http://www.indranet.org/heavenly-technology
Ivo Quartiroli |
Friday, January 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM
Ivo -- thanks for the comment. It's an excellent point about the origins of technology in the West. I've familiar with David Noble's work, but haven't read it.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 09:55 AM
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