Don’t entirely agree with Ben. OK, so the philosophical / metaphysical questions like “why is there something rather than nothing” are not exactly “theological” questions – but they are questions whose answers … after any amount of conjecture … can only ever be taken on faith. A belief that can never be “reasoned” on the basis of known “science” even as the scientific boundaries are pushed back.
Great George Monbiot piece in the Grauniad. Thay tyranny of numbers again.
These men would’ve stopped Darwin. Science research in Britain is now all about turning knowledge into business, rather than the beauty of exploration.
Of course the problem is that neither side of that choice is the right one – knowledge purely for its own sake is as barren as knowledge for someone’s financial interest. The point is knowledge for value to humanity and the cosmos – wisdom – truth AND beauty. (Thanks to Nick Maxwell at FoW.)
… that isn’t bad going for keeping your trap shut and selling what ever integrity you ever had down the swanny …
Interesting piece from Clay Shirky on interactive media as a kind of industrial revolution. Let them drink gin ? Let them watch TV ? Very much in the Douglas Adams / Church of the Interactive Network mode. (Interesting at least partly because I’m currently re-reading Bronowski’s “Man Without a Mask” study of William Blake.)