Monday, July 27, 2009

Science and Art: The (Lost) Art of Philosophy in Science

According to a commenter on the A.V. Club Book Blog: "philosophers just sit on the sidelines and make stupid comments: poets may be influenced by scientists but the converse is never true."

The fact that I think this is probably true (today) is incredibly depressing. The decisions/discoveries of scientists today depend less on ethics and more on economics, politics, and ego. While this is true of most fields, it is most disturbing when found in a field that has already provided the world with the H-bomb and will dictate whether pharmaceutical companies ever develop cures for major diseases rather than more lucrative treatment plans.

On a brighter note, I know of at least one genetics class at UCLA that has Brave New World as required reading. That's a step in the right direction, right?

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