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    Certainly, thereís a place for beliefs, but they never advanced society. Once upon a time someone tripped over a stone and hurt their leg and that was seen as Gods punishment. Come the age of reason and science and it was simply because they didnít look where they were going. Someone else discovered penicillin and saved that damaged leg ... conversely, some still believe Obama is a God and that politicians can change the earthís climate.
    Thereís a whole set of essays been written on new-age magic elsewhere on the forum. All good fun, but is the west reverting back to beliefs, safe in the comfort that when it all goes wrong science will come to the rescue?









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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Thus the importance of repeatability in scientific method. When you report your finding, you have to explain how you got there, so others can test the results. In this way science becomes objective, a set of facts and laws divorced from any subjective bias.
    Fortunately the mindset being suggested by the OP is a marginal fringe.

    As was suggested earlier, the application of "science" and it's offshoot "technology" in a capitalistic society is questionable in many senses but the methodology and understanding gained is invaluable to our continued evolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Fortunately the mindset being suggested by the OP is a marginal fringe.

    As was suggested earlier, the application of "science" and it's offshoot "technology" in a capitalistic society is questionable in many senses but the methodology and understanding gained is invaluable to our continued evolution.
    Problem is man has advanced in so many ways but morally.
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Problem is man has advanced in so many ways but morally.
    It's always been an awkward evolution no?

    This part soars, that part catches up, another part gets the lead. I don't think that changes over the course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Problem is man has advanced in so many ways but morally.
    I think overall morality has advanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Sense View Post
    I think overall morality has advanced.
    How so?
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Fortunately the mindset being suggested by the OP is a marginal fringe.

    As was suggested earlier, the application of "science" and it's offshoot "technology" in a capitalistic society is questionable in many senses but the methodology and understanding gained is invaluable to our continued evolution.
    Science hasn't prevented man from being his own worst enemy and enabling his de-volution.

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