Elevating Science

I came across this nice essay on NYT today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/science/27essa.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Very well said, and well worth reading!

Advertisements

One thought on “Elevating Science

  1. “That endeavor, which has transformed the world in the last few centuries, does indeed teach values. Those values, among others, are honesty, doubt, respect for evidence, openness, accountability and tolerance and indeed hunger for opposing points of view. These are the unabashedly pragmatic working principles that guide the buzzing, testing, poking, probing, argumentative, gossiping, gadgety, joking, dreaming and tendentious cloud of activity — the writer and biologist Lewis Thomas once likened it to an anthill — that is slowly and thoroughly penetrating every nook and cranny of the world.”

    — At the same time, we should not forget the countless scientists who have been skewered by the scientific establishment, only to get any respect after death and destruction of personal lives… As a group, scientists can also fall prey to group think, to esoteric beliefs that never materialize and other maladies. It is a very nice exercise if our community can practice the same search for the truth with regards to our own beliefs and prejudices. For example, it has been taking too long for the fall of the “singe-gene disease” framework, and yet it now seems unavoidable… But for years so much money, and power was thrown at this problem. Like it or not, if an idea comes from Harvard it does have a different reception from something coming from Springfield… Isn’t that in itself, what we condemn in non-scientific thinking?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s