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  1. ethereality
    The night has a thousand eyes,
    And the day but one;
    Yet the light of the bright world dies
    With the dying sun.

    The mind has a thousand eyes,
    And the heart but one;
    Yet the light of a whole life dies
    When love is done.

    -Francis William Bourdillon


  1. rawbeer
    Ideology is simply a set of beliefs. It becomes negative when the beliefs are adhered to blindly, when a person will not correct false beliefs in the face of evidence to the contrary.

    This is exactly why science is not ideological; because it can always be corrected. In order for science to progress it is sometimes necessary to assume beliefs that may in fact turn out to be incorrect later, just like when learning to do something correctly it is sometimes necessary to make mistakes until the correct method is revealed through trial and error.

    It is true that people can hold dogmatic, unwavering beliefs in scientific facts, or place an undue level of faith in science. People who dismiss problems of climate change or overpopulation by saying that science will find some way to solve these problems for us, I think, are guilty of this. But that really doesn't have much to do with science itself, it's more of a fallacy about human capability. It's really just hubris hiding behind a mask of science.

    In a similar vein what is sometimes seen as religious ideological madness is just hubris, or violence or some other nasty human trait hiding behind religion.

    But what makes actual religion opposed to actual science is the refusal to accept evidence to the contrary. That is a tenet of faith and religion, not of science. So it is incorrect to implicate science when people show "scientistic" beliefs and have false faith in science; they're being unscientific.

    Science is not a set of beliefs; it is a tool for gathering information and increasing the quality of that information. The assumptions, and the conclusions it makes should be viewed as temporary best guesses, not absolutes. But if something has been demonstrated to be true scientifically, even though we know historically it will probably be corrected at some later dad, we still deny its truth at our own peril.

    People who deny scientific truth because it will be proven wrong, and like to think they are ahead of the ball, are almost always people that are just too lazy to bother to try to understand where science is now. And are usually pretty far behind the ball. People like Galileo are pretty goddamn rare, and that pothead conspiracy theorist working at the local pizzeria is not fucking Galileo.
  2. ethereality
    Is it possible to gift comments with infinite rep??
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