New PDF release: The Impact of Science on Society


By Bertrand Russell

ISBN-10: 0043000126

ISBN-13: 9780043000120

ISBN-10: 0404054668

ISBN-13: 9780404054663

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Who would start arguing about philosophy at imminent risk to himself and me. But in England as well as in America the improvement at the highest level is equally remarkable. Read, for instance, Gibbon's account of Oxford. With this goes an increase of opportunity. e. inherited wealth) to rise to a position in which he can make the best use of his talents. In this respect there is still much to be done, but there is every reason to expect that in England and in America it will be done. The waste of talent in former times must have been appalling; I shudder to think how many "mute inglorious Miltons" there must have been.

But this kind of objection is swept aside by the contention that a belief may be "true" at one time and "false" at another. " This philosophy derives its inspiration from science in several different ways. Take first its best aspect, as developed by Dewey. " When new phenomena are discovered, for which it no longer "works," it is discarded. A theory-so Dewey concludes-is a tool like another; it enables us to manipulate 80 THE 1M PAC T 0 F S C 1ENe EON S 0 C 1E T Y raw material. Like any other tool, it is judged good or bad by its efficiency in this manipulation, and like any other tool, it is good at one time and bad at another.

On the other hand, if the award goes in favor of the Jews, the Mohammedan world will be indignant, and will be supported by all other malcontents. Or, to take another instance, Eire will demand the right to oppress the Protestants of Ulster, and on this issue the United States will support Eire while Britain will support Ulster. Could an international authority survive such a dissension? Again: India and Pakistan cannot agree about Kashmir, therefore one of them must support Russia and the other the United States.

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