23 Dec '11, 4pm

Dot Earth Blog: Is Confidence in Science as a Source of Progress Based on Faith or Fact?

The prospect that scientists have created a lethal strain of avian flu and are on the verge of publishing their technique in the world’s leading scientific journal has reopened the debate over science’s aspiration to ‘universal knowledge’ in two distinct senses: Should science investigate everything, and should its findings be made available to everyone? Doubts on both fronts pertain to the potential evil that might be unleashed, either by will or by accident. That the doubts should center so clearly on evil consequences betrays the theological origins of the concern. From the serpent in the Garden of Eden to the Cartesian demon of modern skepticism, evil is always portrayed as something that simulates good in nearly all respects. Yet knee-jerk moves to censor and otherwise restrict scientific inquiry threaten to compound rather than the remove the evil in question. Here w...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/is-confidenc...

Tweets

Dot Earth Blog: Is Confidence in Science as a S...

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 23 Dec '11, 4pm

The prospect that scientists have created a lethal strain of avian flu and are on the verge of publishing their technique ...

Is Confidence in Science as a Source of Progres...

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 23 Dec '11, 4pm

The prospect that scientists have created a lethal strain of avian flu and are on the verge of publishing their technique ...

News @gordoncollege: "Ken Olsen: Faith, Work, A...

electronicdesign.com 23 Dec '11, 3pm

1 of Enlarge image Kenneth H. Olsen Engineering demonstration Presidential recognition “Who he was as a Christian really f...

@jadeseah $959 - $2199 Source:

courts.com.sg 24 Dec '11, 7am

Thank you for visiting Courts.com.sg! Upon exiting the website, you will be asked to take part in a customer survey. This ...

:D @RJRHQ great post. Love science. You provoked me to do some research for myself on the topic.

:D @RJRHQ great post. Love science. You provoke...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 25 Dec '11, 7am

The geoid is a hypothetical Earth surface that represents the mean sea level in the absence of winds, currents, and most t...

Christmas card-powered cars? Scientists say it ...

thegreencarwebsite.co.uk 23 Dec '11, 11am

Christmas card-powered cars? Scientists say it could be an important future fuel source Before you set to work wrapping yo...

Dot Earth Blog: Science, Faith and Progress (Wi...

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 02 Jan '12, 7pm

Contrasting science with faith has long been a popular way to highlight the virtues of the scientific enterprise. But it i...

Science, Faith and Progress (With and Without a...

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com 02 Jan '12, 7pm

Contrasting science with faith has long been a popular way to highlight the virtues of the scientific enterprise. But it i...