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Has scientism wrecked the Enlightenment?

April 28th, 2007 · No Comments

The dangers of Militant atheism.

Extreme? perhaps. But to consider Weinberg’s point: scientists might weaken the hold of religion if they could see through the fallacies of Darwinism, which is poor science (!), and opened up the education of scientists to some real study of the history of the Enlightenment. The so-called ‘crisis of the Enlightenment’ lay in the recognition of the limits of Newtonian thinking applied to all aspects of man and culture.
All this has been amputated from the consciousness of the modern scientist. In that case, the social system defaults to the previously recognized system of religion, the last refuge of idiots, and the last last resting place of science idiots.

The same reality is that modern scientism has destroyed the legacy of the Enlightenment.

Perhaps the most extreme view is that of Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate and physicist. According the New York Times, Weinberg effectively told delegates at a conference last fall at the Jonas Salk Institute in California that science must do what it can to destroy religion. “Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.”

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