Tom Gilson

Restoring Science To Its Rightful Place

Our new President said in his Inaugural Address,

We will restore science to its rightful place.

If that means taking advice from science on the physical effects to be expected from various policies, or the expected costs and results of a given research program, that’s great. If it means funding more research, that’s marvelous.

If, however, it means, “Science says we ought to allow embryonic stem-cell research,” or “Science says a child doesn’t acquire the rights of a human until it has survived x days in the womb,” that’s not restoring science to its rightful place. That’s usurping theology’s and philosophy’s place. Science, qua science, has nothing to say about moral oughts or human rights, except to feed information in to the decision process.

No comments on this blog post. I have written here about the place of science. It’s too likely to turn really political from this semi-political starting point, however, and that’s contrary to my discussion policies.


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