[extropy-chat] Einstein ... and All the Rest?
fauxever at sprynet.com
Sun Jan 1 17:38:01 UTC 2006
"One reason may be that science as a whole has lost its moral sheen. We are
more aware than ever of the downside of scientific advances, whether nuclear
power or genetic recombination; moreover, as science has become increasingly
institutionalized, it has come to be perceived as just another guild
pursuing its own selfish interests alongside truth and the common good. But
the other reason is that Einstein possessed a moral quality - described by
Robert Oppenheimer, the dark angel of nuclear physics, as "a wonderful
purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn" - that set him apart even
in his own time."
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