Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hannah Arendt On Science, The Penetration Of Semblances And What Determines Our Goals

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"Something very similar seems, at first glance, to be true of the modern scientist who constantly destroys authentic semblances without, however, destroying his own sensation of reality, telling him, as it tells us, that the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. 

It was thinking that enabled men to penetrate the appearances and unmask them as semblances, albeit authentic ones; common-sense reasoning would never have dared to upset so radically all the plausibilities of our sensory apparatus… 

Thinking, no doubt, plays an enormous role in every scientific enterprise, but it is the role of a means to an end; the end is determined by a decision about what is worthwhile knowing, and this decision cannot be scientific."

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Alan Archibald
Alan Archibald
I like your epitomizations of business and government. A few years ago, some fasciating research reveald "a deep connection between the scientific method and morality." Here's the article... "Just Thinking About Science Triggers Moral Behavior" My biologist and molecular biologist friends who apply themselves to the commercialization of science, while not ignorant of the profit motive, seem primarily focused on research and development, confident that profit will result as an "automatic epiphenomenon." Perhaps this parallels the testamental saying "Seek first the kingdom of God and God's justice and all these things will be added unto you." I have also observed that people in the "extractive industries" oil, gas, coal, mining, lumber - seem unusually focused on profit for its own sake. I have begun to speculate that if humankind is to survive - and to thrive - it will need to "get over" the "extractive mentality" and focus more on the highly-interactive, minutely-detailed, communitarian work of scientific collaboration. As a Christian, I tentatively call this transformation "Christian Science" although not at all in the Mary Bakers Eddy sense. The great Jesuit paleontologist/cosmologist, Pere Teilhard de Chardin, said many marvelous things. One of them was: "Adoration's real name is... research."

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