June 28, 2017

Reductionism

The Promethean Enterprise

RapNews

RapNews bring us their latest musings on what it’s all about (above); in particular: Man’s quest for ultimate knowledge. But is this the kind of knowledge that we really need? Edward Goldsmith suggests not, and shows how Science has become a kind of quasi-religious cult, misdirecting our attentions away from the knowledge and wisdom that […]

Whatever happened to ecology?

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The science of Ecology has been taken over by the cult of scientific reductionism and has become a weapon in the war on the living world being waged by industrial man. This article of July 2002 is a greatly extended and updated version of the article “Whatever happened to ecology?” first published in The Ecologist […]

The gene for unemployment

Ex nuclear scientist

There is an increasing tendency to blame human ills – physical and psychological – on ‘defective’ genes. But is it our genes that are defective? Or is it rather the pathological environment in which we live? Deprived of community, eating nutritionally impoverished foods, surrounded by industrial pollution . . . the raw conditions of life […]

Can humanity adapt to the world that science is creating?

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“It should be obvious to most people, though it is rarely stated, especially in academic circles, that the environment most friendly to the needs of living things, that within which their behaviour is most fulfilling and adaptive, can only be that to which they have been adapted by their evolution and upbringing … There is no reason for supposing that man is in any way exempt from the operation of this fundamental principle. But what is man’s natural environment?”

Is science neutral?

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Following the articles in The Ecologist of April 2000 examining the independence of the scientific world, developmental biologist Professor Lewis Wolpert of University College London debates the neutrality of science with environmentalist and Ecologist founder Edward Goldsmith. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 30 No. 3, May 2000. Dear Professor Wolpert, One thing that modern science […]

Why not, we’ve got a licence?

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 28 No. 3, May 1998. Revised in January & February 2000, and republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. In the modern world, all benefits are seen as man-made – the product of economic development. Thus health is seen […]

Did God really do such a bad job?

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 28 No. 3, May–June 1998. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. Underlying the worldview of the secular Religion of Progress is the funda­mental assumption that the world is badly designed. God did a bad job, and it is […]

Science’s superstitions

Jacques Monod, French biologist, (1910–1976), Nobel Laureate

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The cult of randomness and the taboo on teleology This article is an extended version of a combination of three chapters, 5, 26, and 27, of The Way: An ecological world view by Edward Goldsmith. It was first published in this form in The Ecologist Vol. 27 No. 5, 1997, under the title “Scientific Superstitions”. […]

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