And his words seem to really be glorifying the mechanism of observing the world. He completely leaves out the awe and wonder of the actual world which is being observed. If I were to get teary eyed about science, it is because it points to so much majesty and complexity in the world we live in. It is not because of some odd pride in my ability to be super-rational.
If one believes the former President was possessed of some sort of religious, anti-rational Satan, that they might be weeping over the new nationalizing of everything, especially if increased departmental research funding is involved.
The blogs comment section is worth it.
Below will be the NYT article that pissed those bloggers off. The journ*list found it hard not to have Obamas black man balls in his mouth the entire time he was writing that fully erect:
All right, I was weeping too.
To be honest, the restoration of science was the least of it, but when Barack Obama proclaimed during his Inaugural Address that he would “restore science to its rightful place,” you could feel a dark cloud lifting like a sigh from the shoulders of the scientific community in this country.
When the new president went on vowing to harness the sun, the wind and the soil, and to “wield technology’s wonders,” I felt the glow of a spring sunrise washing my cheeks, and I could almost imagine I heard the music of swords being hammered into plowshares.
Wow. My first reaction was to worry that scientists were now in the awkward position of being expected to save the world. As they say, be careful what you wish for.
My second reaction was to wonder what the “rightful place” of science in our society really is.
The answer, I would argue, is On a Pedestal but not for the reasons you might think.
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Forget about penicillin, digital computers and even the Big Bang, passing fads all of them.
The knock on science from its cultural and religious critics is that it is arrogant and materialistic. It tells us wondrous things about nature and how to manipulate it, but not what we should do with this knowledge and power. The Big Bang doesn’t tell us how to live, or whether God loves us, or whether there is any God at all. It provides scant counsel on same-sex marriage or eating meat. It is silent on the desirability of mutual assured destruction as a strategy for deterring nuclear war.
Einstein seemed to echo this thought when he said, “I have never obtained any ethical values from my scientific work.” Science teaches facts, not values, the story goes.
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Worse, not only does it not provide any values of its own, say its detractors, it also undermines the ones we already have, devaluing anything it can’t measure, reducing sunsets to wavelengths and romance to jiggly hormones. It destroys myths and robs the universe of its magic and mystery.
So the story goes.
But this is balderdash. Science is not a monument of received Truth but something that people do to look for truth.
That endeavor, which has transformed the world in the last few centuries, does indeed teach values. Those values, among others, are honesty, doubt, respect for evidence, openness, accountability and tolerance and indeed hunger for opposing points of view. These are the unabashedly pragmatic working principles that guide the buzzing, testing, poking, probing, argumentative, gossiping, gadgety, joking, dreaming and tendentious cloud of activity the writer and biologist Lewis Thomas once likened it to an anthill that is slowly and thoroughly penetrating every nook and cranny of the world.
Nobody appeared in a cloud of smoke and taught scientists these virtues. This behavior simply evolved because it worked.
It requires no metaphysical commitment to a God or any conception of human origin or nature to join in this game, just the hypothesis that nature can be interrogated and that nature is the final arbiter. Jews, Catholics, Muslims, atheists, Buddhists and Hindus have all been working side by side building the Large Hadron Collider and its detectors these last few years.
And indeed there is no leader, no grand plan, for this hive. It is in many ways utopian anarchy, a virtual community that lives as much on the Internet and in airport coffee shops as in any one place or time. Or at least it is as utopian as any community largely dependent on government and corporate financing can be.
Arguably science is the most successful human activity of all time. Which is not to say that life within it is always utopian, as several of my colleagues have pointed out in articles about pharmaceutical industry payments to medical researchers.
But nobody was ever sent to prison for espousing the wrong value for the Hubble constant. There is always room for more data to argue over.
So if you’re going to get gooey about something, that’s not so bad.
It is no coincidence that these are the same qualities that make for democracy and that they arose as a collective behavior about the same time that parliamentary democracies were appearing. If there is anything democracy requires and thrives on, it is the willingness to embrace debate and respect one another and the freedom to shun received wisdom. Science and democracy have always been twins.
Today that dynamic is most clearly and perhaps crucially tested in China. As I pondered Mr. Obama’s words, I thought of Xu Liangying, an elderly Chinese physicist and Einstein scholar I met a couple of years ago, who has spent most of his life under house arrest for upholding Einstein’s maxim that there is no science without freedom of speech.
The converse might also be true. The habit of questioning that you learn in physics is invaluable in the rest of society. As Fang Lizhi, Dr. Xu’s fellow dissident whose writings helped spark the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and who now teaches at the University of Arizona, said in 1985, “Physics is more than a basis for technology; it is a cornerstone of modern thought.”
If we are not practicing good science, we probably aren’t practicing good democracy. And vice versa.
Science and democracy have been the watchwords of Chinese political aspirations for more than a century. When the Communist Party took power it sought to appropriate at least the scientific side of the equation. Here, for example, is what Hu Yaobang, the party’s general secretary, said in 1980. “Science is what it is simply because it can break down fetishes and superstitions and is bold in explorations and because it opposes following the beaten path and dares to destroy outmoded conventions and bad customs.”
Brave words that have yet to be allowed to come true in China. Mr. Hu was purged, and in fact it was to mourn his death that students first began assembling in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Dr. Fang got in trouble initially because he favored the Big Bang, but that was against Marxist orthodoxy that the universe was infinitely unfolding. Marxism, it might be remembered, was once promoted as a scientific theory, but some subjects were off-limits.
But once you can’t talk about one subject, the origin of the universe, for example, sooner or later other subjects are going to be off-limits, like global warming, birth control and abortion, or evolution, the subject of yet another dustup in Texas last week.
There is no democracy in China, and some would argue that despite that nation’s vast resources and potential, there will not be vigorous science there either until the Chinese leaders take seriously what Mao proclaimed back in 1955 and then cynically withdrew: Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
In the meantime I look forward to Mr. Obama’s cultivation of our own wild and beautiful garden.
Meanwhile me having a small ponytail as snake in mgs5, braids on the sides and dreads like hair on the top
Reason is simple my hair are very voluminous and I don’t want to cut my hair on the side then having uneven hair
Got couple of compliments last week from some girls at university when they noticed
According to the information we have, which needs additional confirmation, Lukashenko, after meeting with Putin behind closed doors, was urgently taken to the Central Clinical Hospital of Moscow, where he is now located. The best specialists were sent to return him from a condition assessed by doctors as critical. [His - ed.] blood was purified, Lukashenko's condition was proclaimed not transportable. The organised measures to save the Belarusian dictator were intended to ward off speculation about the possible participation of the Kremlin in his poisoning. It does not matter whether he returns to working condition or not, doctors warn of a possible recurrence of relapses.
Why did Putin do it?
Normally I would be showing off what I have been grilling, but I don't have any plans this weekend
Maybe I will get something special just for myself.
Anyway, this is the time that we ameriKKKans drink and grill and remind the europoors that their prosperous lifestyle wouldn't exist without us.
I will be drinking cheap beer and watching Miami with some bros.
I got no traction so we couldn't get more femboy appreciators here
I'm sorry bois
I haven’t read more than 5 books in my lifetime and they weren’t difficult to read books. Now I’m in my mid 20s and found something I’m very interested in but don’t understand 4-5 words on every page
Is this normal?? I’m reading The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan and not only does he use vocabulary that I’ve never seen before but also uses so many scientific terms and names for people who are in certain professions that I’m not familiar with.
So every paragraph, I have to whip out my phone and quickly look up the definition to a word. Am I just stupid? I enjoy the book a lot otherwise but this vocabulary is out of my league.
Credulity, chauvinism, folly, syphilis, thalidomide, chiefly, cauterization, cadavers….. all some examples
Fun fact: Platy is nocturnal, which is why it's dark af in this picture
Imagine being missile that flies 5000 km a hour and missing a drone with max speed of 185 km a hour
Only good porn please
Crazy how that happens
That's right my rdrama babylings, it's the conclusion to yesterday's op. Unfortunately I didn't get nearly as much seethe this time (have they wizened up? My sources say no.) and I have been banned!
Like yesterday, read the entire thread. !nonchuds !jidf !commies @Aevann Even more unhinged and with double the slurs per comment!
I thought I would come over here and act like Daryl Davis for a day. Find out why you guys came here and why you think the way you do.
Instead I get hit by wave after wave of the most schizophrenic, unhinged ranting I've ever heard. Holy frick. You make /pol/ look like college professors. "MUH YOU'RE ACTUALLY A K*KE YOU ARE TOO SMART TO BE BLACK." like really now?
This was quite frankly a waste of time. None of you go outside (it shows) or have personal relationships of any kind (it shows) in real life.
You all are so very angry at the world (and probably yourselves too). I wonder, how does it feel knowing that I, a Black man, have everything you dream of? A wife. 3 beautiful Black children. A home of my own. A stable job. Friends. Community involvement. I worked for that shit.
Yet I get told here that I am a subhuman based on the color of my skin by self admitted incels (looking at you,/u/HimmlerWasRight88 - slavic nazi, incel, porn addict.) Truly masterrace material. As if hitler wouldn't have sent you to the camps. Or men like JosephGoebbels#whatever who I went digging into (I remembered his name from Ruqqus). This man is a legit p-dophile and was banned multiple times from Ruqqus for posting cp. :/
Oh well. It ain't me. It ain't mine. I'll continue to live my life while y'all get buried by the tide of history. Already your ideas are so repulsive to the average person that you have to lock yourselves here. Continue being incels, neets, cowards, and weirdos!
I wish you the best and may God have mercy on your souls. You really need it.
Ps: If you wondering why you recognize this post, I posted it at 9 am but as it turns out you guys really are all NEETS and none of you get up before noon.
A number of threads were made about me:
^ Check out the effortpost by /u/PurestEvil lmbo.
>mfw some BIPOC shows up to ConPro asking why the big scary White man doesnt like him
u/BlackState after his visit on ConPro. heck hath no fury like a dindu scorned.
u/BlackState asks ConPro why the big bad White man is being so mean to him, circa 2023 (colorized)
>mfw some BIPOC tries to come to Insurgent's territory
The face u/blackstate makes while he tries to figure out why White people don't want to be his friend.
I got accused of being a Jewish communist lmbo. Which one of you told them?
^ Definitely not seething.
I would like to thank this guy:
I didn't know that. He's not lying btw.
I got accused of being a different hated user:
This guy is wasting his breath on his fellow r-slurs
@Dramacel hear that? You ain't Black!
My fellow Jews, we're doing all that!?
Every single city in ameriKKKa is gone. We're a desolate wasteland now.
Still though, my favorite comment of the bunch was this one from yesterday:
North African Natives
Not mine but check out this WE WUZ AFRICANS N SHEEEIT cope lol
These people are drooling r-slurs who fall for everything and can't write a single sentence without BIPOCs or Jewish Chads. Give them their enemy and they will bite.
Hell, go and post Black gay porn there @BWC shit's going to stay up for hours.
Anyone who wants to could probably post this shit around reddit's mock rightoids/hate subs. Might pop off. Might not. Ideally user a 1+ year old account with min 5k karma if you do that. Title it shit like "Remember the nazis that used to be on here? Well look at what they post on their own websites."
I love how yesterday’s thread on this has 307 comments lmbo.
- BrasilIguana : /h/slavshit
The Congress leaders criticised the ‘saffronisation’ of the state police during the BJP’s regime, and asserted that it will no longer be tolerated. “There will be no moral policing anymore. We will put an end to this,” Siddaramaiah told the media after the meeting. He stated that the police must not look at criminal activity through the prism of religion, and that all must be viewed alike and given equal protection.
The incident took place in the limits of Banakal police station limits in Mudigere taluk. The group attacked Ajith, when he was going with the young woman. He was dragged over the road and assaulted, police said.
The woman filed a complaint against the accused persons. Ajith is being treated at the government hospital in Mudigere. The police have taken up further investigation.
Bajrang Dal is a super chud organization by the way, they were the ones accused of harassing interfaith couples in popular wisdom. In fact another libshit campaign promise was banning the organization.
The arrested have been identified as Wayid and Saddam, both aged 20, and police are searching for a third person. All of them work in a mutton shop. The three reportedly threatened a Muslim girl who had come to an eatery with a Hindu youth on Thursday
Police Sub-Inspector Chethan said the three youths and the girl do not know each other. "They picked a quarrel after seeing a burka-clad girl with a Hindu youth at the chats centre," Chethan said. "Later, the accused went to the girl's home, put pressure on her and got a video recorded by her in which she was seen tendering an apology. We arrested the accused as soon as the matter was brought to our notice," he said.
!bharatiya I'm legit shocked tbh. Did bhajpa actually manage to turn muslimahs into feminists?
- garlicdoors : this doesn't make sense. How you gonna bite through those pearls. Are we to infer that necklace was
- AIDSPOSITIVITYGROYPER : put on after, yes. women be getting bit and then head straight to the club.