The Pure Society

This looks like a good book. Indeed we could very well be in danger of, once again, allowing what we can do biologically/scientifically to spring new horrors upon a so-called “civilized” world. We would do well to remember that it wasn’t mystics or traditional religious “fundamentalists” that gave us the wreckage of the 20th Century. It was the “rational” scientist moving objectively from point to point. It was “science.” It was “progress.” It was “enlightened.” And, of course, we know now that it was none of that. But, here we go again.

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2 Responses to The Pure Society

  1. Burk Braun says:

    Hey, Darrell-

    Here is a review that makes some relevant distinctions. It does sound like a good book, and we are moving into a time of searching existential questions due to the increased knowledge/power of biology (though also of other technologies, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc.). Michael Jackson might be even be added as something of a cautionary tale.

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  2. Darrell says:

    It is certainly rich to have a member of the Humanist/Rationalist Society write this:

    “Although science has served humanists as a powerful model of critique of religious ideology, we must also be careful to avoid the deification of science. After all, science itself is in no way immune to ideology and the humanist should be wary of any self-proclaimed “religion of the future”.

    Since their view of “rationalism” and their scientism has been that very thing, the deification of science, and given its purely ideological character, I had to laugh when I read that.

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