Why science has become suspect

One of the many attacks that science has been subjected to in recent decades, is the intrusion of callous technology and capitalist-industry in the practice and interpretation of science. The goal of these enterprises is the bottom line, and nothing else. Callous technology seeks ways to augment the bottom line by exploiting every bit of scientific knowledge, quite indifferent to its possible impact on the environment.

Capitalist-industry devises ways of interpreting or misinterpreting scientific results to its advantage, more exactly to avert negative impacts on the bottom line that might ensue from exposure of the dangers of technology.

The agents of these money-seeking enterprises have insinuated themselves into many scientific organizations and research reports.

The public has been slowly becoming aware of these tactics, to the point that it no longer knows whom to trust.

The result is the kind of suspicion of all science mentioned in this article.

However, it is important to understand that the skepticism that has been growing in the public’s mind is not towards science as a disinterested quest, but towards public and governmental spokespeople who talk about the beneficial impact of this technology or that drug, or minimize the dangers resulting from indiscriminate and irresponsible technology.

On some anti-religion & anti-science noises

1. We live in an age when science has sometimes been transformed into metaphysics, portrayed as an enemy of religion, and become a matter for debate via media propaganda. In such a context, using quantum mechanics to prove the existence of God, writing scientific-sounding popular books to bash religions, and producing sensational movies to disprove Darwin have become the order of the day.

2. Just as the anti-religion folk are fond of reminding us of the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Caste system, and the Jihad to show how rotten religions are, the standard refrain for the anti-science folk is that scientists have a closed mind because they don’t accept astrology, the possibility of miracles, and fossils being delusions created by God to fool inquisitive humans, etc.

3. Given that Darwinian evolution has become incontrovertible at the empirical level, and the more ancient scriptural theories of anthropogenesis can’t find a place in the rational framework, some anti-science people try to dig into the dirt in the past of their opponents (as is the norm nowadays in political campaigning). This leads to the discovery that indeed at one time some ardent disciples of Darwinism tried to justify their racism and exploitation of Non-European peoples on the slogan of <survival of the fittest,> and worked on eugenics.

4. Instead of arguing that we need to be careful about how we apply the knowledge acquired through science, the anti-science crowd revels in the misuse of science to attack science itself. Often they do this because they are unable to see the difference between scientifically acquired knowledge, and its appropriate and inappropriate uses by humans. Inappropriate applications can occur in the absence of an ethical framework which science does not always (some think it can never) provide.