Joined: May 2006
|Quote (Richardthughes @ Sep. 11 2009,18:24)|
|CliveBaby, KF apologist:|
Just to note that if it wasn’t for the likes of me and the hundreds of thousands of colleauges throughout the world who are proud lab coat wearers, the planet would be in a very much worse way than it is now.
kairosfocus’ anti-science rhetoric shows him in a very bad light indeed, as one of those who would indeed take society back to the Dark Ages if they had the opportunity.
Advancement is not limited to lab coat wearers, it is only limited to human ingenuity, and on this score kairosfocus can speak as well as anyone, indeed better than someone who wears a lab coat. Lab coats don’t come with the art of ingenuity built-in, and without folks like kairosfocus, lab coats would be a self aggrandizing group, with no accountability and no special training in actual broad thinking. Surely you’re not willing to say that labcoats gives a mind a special monopoly on ingenuity and rationality? If you are, that is called scientism, which is a philosophy, which other reasonable men can critique and which has no special place in the world of thinking men. Who would take us back to the Dark Ages are those who think that the only thing that matters is whatever folks who wear lab coats think, for they will impose whatever they want on the rest of humanity, which will be the opposite of the Enlightenment, and indeed, may be called the next age of Endarkenment.
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
Clive, while "Advancement is not limited to lab coat wearers..", we'd be royally fucked without the contribution of that specific subset.
Maybe, maybe not. But, we will never know. And all I can say is Praise the Lord that Kairosfocus is spending large amounts of time pontificating about Lewontin and oil-soaked ad hominids on a backwater IDC blog, otherwise those labcoat types would be making a mess of this world with such atrocities as human-animal hybrids and sharks with frikkin' laserbeams on their heads. Gordon is all that stands between us and a dark materialistic future.
It's natural to be curious about our world, but the scientific method is just one theory about how to best understand it. We live in a democracy, which means we should treat every theory equally. - Steven Colbert, I Am America (and So Can You!)