Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Today's "right"

In The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan wrote:
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.


Capt. Fogg said...

Superstition and darkness - hmmmmm. Would that have something to do with witches and invisible spirits and ghosts that hate homosexuals and demand war?

RR said...

Seems almost wrong to use the term when referring to a scientist -- but his words are indeed prophetic.