Friday, November 07, 2008

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I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudo-science and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us - then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls. The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir. (Carl Sagan in Science and Hope)


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2 comments:

Pramod said...

As science evolves some of the areas of science previously termed as pseudo science are now being considered seriously, http://deanradin.blogspot.com/2008/09/encouraging-trend.html
and I agree that it will take time for more clarity to set in

kzhuo said...

harman, the late sagan was not freed from -ism of any kind either, it is called scientism.