Posted by: Dirk | December 31, 2008

Obstacles to scientific progress, c. 1270

Now there are four chief obstacles in grasping truth, which hinder every man, however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to learning, namely, submission to faulty and unworthy authority, influence of custom, popular prejudice, and concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by an ostentatious display of our knowledge. Every man is entangled in these difficulties, every rank is beset.

Roger Bacon, Opus Maius, p. 4

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  1. What Is “Scientific Progress”
    What Is Needed To Advance Science

    A. What is “Scientific Progress”?

    What and whereto progresses in “Scientific Progress”?

    Answering this requires meticulous pondering. This subject is not one quaint aspect within our present 21st century technology culture. This subject is THE essence and foundation of the course and goal of our existence, of our life as individuals and members of our phenosociety and of Earth’s genohuman group.

    B. Please look, even if again, at “Western Culture Wavers At 2008 Junction”
    http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080924/full/455446a.html
    or
    http://www.physforum.com/index.php?showtopic=14988&st=315&#entry380527

    Science-based Enlightenment started in the 18th century and was the basis-foundation of Western culture-civilization. It came to a grinding slow-down in the 20th century, and systematic basic study of life ceased by the 21st century. It ceased because the quest for enlightenment has been gradually replaced during the 20th century by the pursuit of technology-capital-greed values-attitudes-morals-ethics of the 21st century technology culture.

    C. “Scientific Progress” is the continuous promotion

    of the pursuit by science, of convincing, ever closer approaching, approximate models of the real world including life and ourselves. This is furthering Enlightenment’s inherent philosophy and attitudes in regards to individualism, universal human progress and, most important to humanity, the applications of reason.

    D. So What Is Needed To Advance Science

    Again and again, as long as Science and Technologhy are considered and handled, conceptually and administratively, as one realm and one faculty the disregard of science in favor of technology cannot and will not be overcome. This conception and attitude is THE CORRUPTION OF SCIENCE BY THE 21st CENTURY TECHNOLOGY CULTURE. I reckon that most, if not all, readers of this post associate science and technology conceptually, demonstrating the tight hold of the 21st century technology culture on their mentality-concepts-attitudes.

    Dov Henis

    (Comments From The 22nd Century)
    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-P81pQcU1dLBbHgtjQjxG_Q–?cq=1


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