treegod wrote:Favourite quote on science:
"I am an old-fashioned scientist...
I do not think that your are so old-fashioned.
We all have to follow the wheel of history: In the beginning 20th century - and the few decades before - science changed the world and its thinking. Many of its results were undoubtedfully of benefit for the world, a few were atrocious (like the atomic bomb). In fact, we would still live on trees without science.
However, at its heymay science denied that there can anything exist like the scientific experiment to explain the world. That was wrong as we know today. Look how psychology developed throughout the last century: From Taylorism (to make work more effective by watching and reducing the worker's motions) over behaviourism (if you give an incentive the worker will become better) to the new idea of feeling self-controlled.
We should admit nowadays that people like science if it is about to solve a special (or technical) problem. Howeve,r we began to acknowledge that there is more than mathematical truth. People are thinking beings - and thinking is not always logical. It contains dreams, aspirations and fears. A nice example is the development of medicine. Doctors tend to have a holistic view rather than just seeing the technical parts.
In my opinion: That is the right approach to science! A pure scientist who is unable to cope with the fears of "normal" people is a poor scientist.