Government and the dark side of science

dark side of moon/Apollo 16

From Robert Arvay at American Thinker:

Many scientists no longer regard us as having any special place. We are no longer regarded as having a spiritual dimension, but only a physical one. We are seen to be products of a cold, uncaring universe, indeed, not even a product, but only a mere byproduct, an accident, an unlikely outcome of events that had no plan, no purpose, no meaning.

Indeed. Nearly 50% Americans now think humans are not special.

The inevitable extension of this purely physical view of humanity is technological barbarism. If we are mere atoms, biological machines, then by what right can we expect to be treated as anything more than that? Indeed, there would be no rights at all, but only force.

Of course, such dismal interpretations of science are not at all scientific, but only ideological. Most people, however, confronted with the scientific arguments for physics devoid of spirit, find themselves ill equipped to counter those arguments. All too many people have subscribed to the material paradigm, and have come to regard religious faith as mere superstition at best, as harmful at worst. More.

It finds its way into government, for example into the scientism displayed in recent statements by Canada’s governor general, former astronaut Julie Payette, making clear that a random origin for humans is the “science” view. And the Prime Minister praised her.

Part of what is wrong with scientism, as Payette brilliantly exhibited, is that science is presented to the public as a totem, not to be critically examined as most enterprises are.

The actual record is, of course, mixed. There was the human genome map but then there was also eugenics.

The best way to perpetuate the bad stuff is to make “science” a kind of totem. One cringes to hear people say, smugly, “I am a scientist.” Would those people wish to hear a list recited of all the frauds, perps, and villains who could properly say the same? Being a “scientist” has about the same status as being a “citizen”; it is a classification devoid of moral or intellectual significance, unless qualified by the very factors so many such persons wish to avoid.

Note: Sound travels. From Deborah Gyapong at The Catholic Register:

Speaking at the ninth annual Canadian Science Policy Convention Nov. 1, Payette dismissed divine intervention as a factor in evolution and lumped those who believe otherwise into the same category as climate deniers and horoscope readers.

Denyse O’Leary, a Catholic author who specializes in the intersection of faith and science, said “making fun of Canadians” who believe in divine intervention “is not a recipe for good government.”

“Payette seems to think that it is reasonable to believe that our amazingly fine-tuned universe and its known life forms arose from a random process,” said O’Leary. “Science does not require us to accept a random origin of highly complex life forms. The evidence suggests the opposite.”

Elia pointed to the many universities in the western world founded as Catholic institutions where faith and reason are not opposed.

“Some of the greatest scientists responsible for the many concepts and theories which enabled her to engage in space travel are Catholics,” he said. More.

Sound travels but not necessarily into closed ears. When unexpected changes in government happen, that is often a reason why.

Thanks for the tip, re Robert Array’s piece, to editor and journalist Ken Francis, author of  The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth, via a road trip through the United States. Here he reflects on the absurdity of naturalism

See also: Astronaut Julie Payette did not KO God in the first round

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  • Yaacov ben Moshe

    Only God can save us now- not that God will intervene – That does not happen in any verifiable way. I mean that only a return to belief in a caring God, a divine basis for ethics, morals and meaning on our part can get us back to a place of reverence for life and respect for the individual. Without that we are just meat and dangerous proclivities taking up space and making trouble.This is why collectivism makes sense to young people- they are no longer being imbued with an aspiration for the divine.

  • Faith is not irrational. He’s not saying it therefore proves the existence God, but that it’s not irrational or anti-scientific for one to hold those beliefs. Really good point.

  • simus1

    Old Joke:
    “If you ask an engineer for the time,
    you may receive a lecture on how to build a watch.”

    Or ask a GG for that matter.
    These days.

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  • shasta

    Julie Payette’s degrees are Engineering and Applied Science.
    Not Science, or Philosophy of Science or Medicine.

    Nor is she, despite her claim, a member of the government, she is the Queen’s representative in Canada. “We are a government grounded in science.” she claims. One that is lead by a second rate drama teacher who couldn’t pass a junior high science test.

    Her speech was to a science policy convention. Government policy by its nature involves ethics, morality and philosophy. How does she hope to advance the discussions by insulting a large percentage of the population who do not necessarily believe in the same causes of the effects which she may wish to ameliorate? I am an agnostic and a believer in evolution and I found what she said insulting, I can imagine what a religious person felt.

    The speech was an insult to just about everyone.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      My granddaughter told her dad that gramma ( she had recently died) came to her in a dream, she told her that she was in a very nice place,and that she was OK. I’ll believe my granddauter.

  • After living on this planet for 72 years it seems quite inconceivable to me that anyone can look in a mirror and claim that all they see is all there is.

    Despite its undoubted achievements, Science has not once been right about anything, only slightly less wrong than it was before. Once it believed that atoms were like solid golf balls, yet now it is beginning to suspect that all of matter is actually an illusion caused by the frequency of waveforms. So what does science know?

    I do not believe it is possible for Science to ever understand Existence, for the simple reason that it is, itself, a part of what it attempts to measure. Modern physics actually says that observing something changes it, thus precluding any possibility of Science even seeing accurately what it looks at, never mind measuring or understanding it.

    I think scientists are like beetles analysing leaf litter in order to discover the shape of the forest – a quite fruitless task, even if the universities do pay for it. The mystic, on the other hand, simply flies over the top like an eagle and says: “It is sort of oblong, with a round bit at the northern end.”

    To me, religion is like the mystic – it sees the big picture but is incapable of describing it in detailed terms that we ordinary Earthlings can understand. It is like trying to explain Quantum Physics to a puppy. So all the Lefties laugh at and mock it like yapping puppies, in a bid to make themselves seem important and intelligent. In truth it shows them as arrogant and ignorant, too stupid to even realise how stupid they are.

    PS: Elon Musk’s recent assertion that we are living in a computer virtual reality is rather interesting in this context.

  • WalterBannon

    Nearly 50% Americans now think humans are not special?

    That would be the 50% who are “progressive”.
    They are not very self aware.
    The left are all “special”