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Science, Schmience



Science works? Another Reverend Barry hallelujah ("Science. It Works, etc.," Aug. 24). Atomic terror, global warming, overpopulation, the epidemic of cancer, global pollution — science works, yeah.

Atomic Glenn Seaborg said, "People must understand that science is inherently neither a potential for good nor for evil. It is a potential to be harnessed by man to do his bidding." Translation: Don't blame us if we place loaded guns in the hands of children. Seaborg also misspelled "man;" he meant "mammon." He hid this ammo because it's middle-class here, and Science is succored by "bourgeois prejudices," to use a finger pointed by Marx.

Why is science stupid? Goes back to the spoiled rich kid Descartes: I think therefore I am, so don't look inside. Self-knowledge and mature responsibility, along with seedier parts of religion, got walled out. Only materialism is real now. 

Why do we remain children? That's outside this word playpen. I'll just blurt: Old and young wet their pants. Ancient Aboriginals created desert Australia through the stupid use of fire and we inherited full along their arrogant unwillingness to foresee. Love those toys that mine the future. What's on channel three?

Let's provide science only the same funding as other religions. Stop the involuntary tithing. Let scientists yowl and stamp their feet. I sniff that it's time for a change.

Robert Sutherland, Ettersburg

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