Two erudite correspondents have been engaged in a thought provoking e-mail debate over the merits of science. They both have taught science subjects at university level. One thinks science the most elegant approach to universal wisdom. The other regards it yet another grand human illusion.
On an earthly level, over-application of technology has caused resource depletion and environmental degradation at suicidal rates. As if that would still take too long to kill ourselves, we’ve invented droves of weapons of mass destruction, ludicrously in the name of “security”. Even modern communication systems, a potentially wonderful thing in many respects, have turned out toxic to millions of gadget addicts, and given evil idiots outrageous capabilities in state surveillance and malicious disinformation.