Hope For Science Yet
Bakunin on Anarchy (Sam Dolgoff tr., NY 1972), which emphasized the
importance of scientific knowledge, also (p.319) warned against "the reign
of scientific intelligence, the most aristocratic, despotic, arrogant, and elitist
of all regimes."
The German philosopher of science, Paul Feyerabend, in Farewell to Reason
Verso, London/New York 1987, largely concludes along with others that these
fears have become a reality--which in many areas I see evidence for too. However,
on p.126 Feyerabend also offers the following hope, which I thought was worth
"The world is not a static entity populated by thinking ants who, crawling
all over it, gradually discover its features without affecting them in any way.
It is a dynamic and multifaceted entity which affects and reflects the activity
of its explorers. It was once a world full of gods; it then became a drab material
world and it will, hopefully, change further, into a more peaceful world where
matter and life, thought and feelings, innovation and tradition collaborate
for the benefit of all."
A couple more quotes from Feyerabend's book:
- ". . .'reality' (which at any rate is nothing but the way in which
things appear to fashionable experts) . . ." (P.300)
- "One must live the life one wants to change." (P.305)
- "The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic
attempts at education." (p.316)