Speaking of jerks – add this one to the Monsanto community of which jerks seems to be the major demographic.
I read an article not long ago bemoaning what was referred to as “the war on science” – an article completely ignoring that it is science that created not only every toxin that harms the environment but also weapons of mass destruction.
Science has it’s place but it is the effete snobbery and sense of entitlement permeating the majority of the scientific community that is offensive.
I happen to know a scientist who once told me during a discussion that scientists have no moral responsibility, as though they singularly are unaccountable in their “quest for knowledge”.
A “privilege” none should hold.
I believe this sense of no moral responsibility has been the prevailing attitude of polgroms, eugenics, and every genocidal event that has taken place in the history of humankind.
It was certainly the hallmark of places like Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, Camp Grant, and an endless shameful list of others.
But then this same scientist has voiced the opinion in private that African American slaves in this country actually had it pretty good as slavery was nothing more than a matter of economics with slaves being the equivalent of farm machinery requiring care and maintenance – and yes there may have been isolated cases of abuse but they were not the norm.
As I say such opinions based on what is referred to as “critical thinking” are never uttered in public or any public venue – the explanation being “you can’t say such things publicly”.
And why would that be? Is it because they are grossly callous and speak to an insufferable arrogance?
Prior to that I may have been somewhat ambivalent opinion wise when it came to science, but no more – I in fact believe scientists regardless of where they reside who work on weapons programs like the Manhattan Project should be tried with crimes against humanity, publicly pilloried in stocks, and then jailed.
Likewise those engaging in the research and development of any chemical harmful to the environment and people.
Science has produced some remarkable advancements, saved lives, increased knowledge and understanding, but in referencing the above previously mentioned has also ushered in a modern dark age consisting of the ability of mankind to completely annihilate itself, destroy the environment, and undergo genetic mutations resulting from the exposure to literally tens of thousands of chemical compounds on a daily basis.
In view of these realities I say it is fitting that science now rails about global warming, I see it as tacit admission of complicity and an unspoken awareness of an existing moral responsibility resulting from that in doing so.
Should a “war” be conducted against science? Not in my opinion, it would be enough if it were held to account and morally responsible for the misery it has or may create due to their oft times corporate and military industrial complex complicity.
I’d like to believe the opinions I cited expressed by the scientist I know aren’t commonly held, but that seems to be increasingly difficult to do.