19 APR 2011 by ideonexus

 Two Visions of Science

g. When Shelley pictured science as a modern Prometheus who would wake the world to a wonderful dream of Godwin, he was alas too simple. But it is as pointless to read what has happened since as a nightmare. Dream or nightmare, we have to live our experience as it is, and we have to live it awake. We live in a world which is penetrated through and through by science, and which is both whole and real. We cannot turn it into a game simply by taking sides. And this make-believe game might cost...
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Shelly's view of science as a liberator versus HG Wells vision of science as an elitist endeavor, leaving the populace slaves to its whims.