Monday, October 15, 2018 |
Column: Archives —
Topic: Scientism —
Our Edenic Birthright, or Just a Lot of Babel?
by Cameron Wybrow
In Salvo 39, I described the reticence of Xenophon, and of most pre-modern thinkers, to embrace the project of an open-ended experimental science of nature. An unfettered scientific quest could lead to virtually infinite control over nature, and such control, many thought, would be a dangerous thing for man to possess. Yet this reticence was overcome, and a civilization based on the promise of unending scientific progress came into being.
The change in attitude reflects a victory in a battle . . .
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