Friday, April 27, 2007

Science, Arrogance and Ignorance

Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man ran on PBS back in the late 1970s. Rarely has the need for science to overcome our hatred and ignorance been better articulated.

This segment, filmed outside Auschwitz, is as moving a documentary as I have witnessed. Absolute power and absolute ignorance go hand in hand. Science is a human form, a constant questioning and reassessment, the place where assumptions are tested and doubts born. It is what will move us from the muck to the stars.

When you think of the arrogance of anyone's absolute certainty, especially those right-wing religionists whose fundamentalist point of view has infiltrated the highest levels of our government, remember that Oliver Cromwell quote: "I beseech you in the bowels of Jesus. Think it possible, you may be mistaken."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great blog, with great writing and great topics. I am sorry that it don't attract more interest. Perhaps you need to make it a bit more apparent and available?

4/29/2007 8:23 PM  
Anonymous So I Hear said...

I disagree. I think it attracts plenty of interest. Seems like a lot of people read this blog. A lot of less interactive/more contemplative people.

4/30/2007 6:10 PM  

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