Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Science Is Not the Enemy vs It doesn't have all the answers

The great thinkers of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment were scientists. Not only did many of them contribute to mathematics, physics, and physiology, but all of them were avid theorists in the sciences of human nature. They were cognitive neuroscientists, who tried to explain thought and emotion in terms of physical mechanisms of the nervous system. They were evolutionary psychologists, who speculated on life in a state of nature and on animal instincts that are “infused into our bosoms.” And they were social psychologists, who wrote of the moral sentiments that draw us together, the selfish passions that inflame us, and the foibles of shortsightedness that frustrate our best-laid plans. [...]

Science doesn't have all the answers  -  Leon Wieseltier

1 comment :

  1. Wieseltier is talking about arts and non scientific culture. This is even more problematic for haredi culture than Science is. At least in maths of chemistry, one only learns scientific formulae, but in arts, one might see paintings of naked women from 300 years ago.


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