Archive for January 28th, 2009

“Why should I respect these oppressive religions?” by Johann Hari

| January 28, 2009 | 9 Replies
“Why should I respect these oppressive religions?” by Johann Hari

Why indeed? Please read this excellent article by Johann Hari at the Independent, detailing the tragic hijacking of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights by religious bigots. Here’s a taste: Starting in 1999, a coalition of Islamist tyrants, led by Saudi Arabia, demanded the rules be rewritten. The demand for everyone to be able to think and […]

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What is special about science?

| January 28, 2009 | 35 Replies
What is special about science?

Science isn’t about a particular batch of results. Science is special because of the way in which it gets those results. The following is from a well-written essay in the NYT entitled, “Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy“:

Science is not a monument of received Truth but something that people do to look for truth.

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.

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