December 3, 2005

Science Faces "Dangerous Times"

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Science faces 'dangerous times'

In this report from the BBC, the Royal Society's Lord May of Oxford speaks out against religious fundamentalism and its impact on science. He talks about the "denial lobby," of which I suspect Bush must be the leader. "By their own writings, this group has a much wider agenda which is to replace scientific materialism by something more based on faith." He also calls on scientists to be more vocal in their opposition to Christian extremists.

My favorite quote comes in the context of threats like global warming: "Sadly, for many, the response is to retreat from complexity and difficulty by embracing the darkness of fundamentalist unreason."