1849) What is truly troubling about the "cultural" or "critical" study of science as it tends to be carried out in universities today is what is troubling about postmodernism in general. By teaching that the distinction between true and false is one more repressive human fiction, postmodernism promotes contempt for the truth and undermines the virtues of intellectual integrity. Those who have never performed an experiment or mastered an equation can, therefore, enjoy a sneering superiority based on the alleged insight that science is a form of literary invention distinguished primarily by its outsized social cachet.
Peter Berkowitz "Science Fiction" in The New Republic (7/1/1996)
1850) I never met [Theodore J.] Kaczynski [the Unabomber] [...] [b]ut in the blaze of publicity after his arraignment, I recognized where I'd seen him before: in the movies. In Hollywood, scientists star in dramas of destruction. In their quest for power, they bring trouble on us all. If convicted, Kaczynski will be perfect - he'll get top billing in the celluloid pantheon of scientists becoming monsters, replacing Vincent Price plotting murders in his laboratory or Dr. Strangelove wheeling through the War Room. He will become the apotheosis of the stereotype, the archetype of the scientist, run amok.
I don't want him as the governing image of scientists in popular imagination. If I get to pick an embodiment, it will be in the likeness of the numberless people who have extended my leisure time and life expectancy with their intelligent work, people exemplified by Paul Ehrlich or Marie Curie but never by the gaunt face of Theodore J. Kaczynski.
Anne Eisenberg "Among the Papers in Kacyzinski's Cabin" Scientific American (6/1996)
1851) [S]cience is an attempt [...] to understand the world, to get a grip on things, to get hold of ourselves, to steer a safe course.
Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World (1996) quoted by Joe Nickell in "A Bright Light" [review] in Scientific American (6/1996)
1852) Evidently the New Science, similarly to the New Math, has developed a New Scientific Method which requires no empirical evidence or rational argumentation, and of course the demand for coherence, logic, or "truth" is simply our old Eurocentric historical imperialist baggage being unjustly rammed down the throats of the innocents.
Zenon M. Feszczak posted on [AMB] (6/13/1996)
1853)Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas
Every revolutionary idea – in science, politics, art, or whatever – seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases:
"It's completely impossible – don't waste my time";
[Note: In The Quote Verifier[QV], Ralph Keyes gives this similar quote:
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
Although frequently attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer, no trace of it in his writing has been found. Keyes concludes that it probably came from Louis Agassiz, perhaps elaborating on an earlier thought by Schopenhauer. Others who have had similiar quotes attributed to them, aside from Clarke, are Michel de Montaigne, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Huxley, William James, Elbert Hubbard, J.B.S. Haldane and Charles Kettering.
1854) Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.
Alan Turing quoted by John D. Barrow in Theories of Everything (1991)
[AMB] - Internet Ambient Music mailing list [SF] - Science Fictionalisms (1995) [QV] - The Quote Verifier (2006)
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 438 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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