On 5/6/2012 5:47 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On May 6, 4:06 pm, meekerdb<meeke...@verizon.net>  wrote:

Newton, Boyle, Tyndall, Descarte, Laplace,
Kepler,...none of them were from the universities, which were dominated by 
theology.
All of them were still theological thinkers though,

Theological in that the concerned themselves with fundamentals and god (although Laplace famously said he had no need of that hypothesis), but all unconventional. Descarte was on the index of prohibited books until the index was abandoned in 1962. Newton was an Aryan heretic.

as were Bacon,
Copernicus, Paracelsus, the Islamic alchemists, etc. If anything, they
were more personally committed to theology than the political
bureaucracies that had been built up through the church.

There are Christian parties, Zionist parties, and Muslim parties and Tea 
parties, but
there is no science party.  So it's pretty clear who is interested in power and 
who in
knowledge.
I wouldn't say that science is apolitical. Just as the church has
traditionally served as a cheerleader for war, academic science now
typically serves to advocate the agendas of the military industrial
complex and big business. Scientific authority is a political
instrument precisely because it is assumed to be apolitical, just as
theological authority was supposed to be.

Theological authority was apolitical while it taught the divine right of kings and performed coronations - you've gotta be kidding. Next you'll claim musical criticism is political because it's assumed to be apolitical.

Brent

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