Biological Science and Ideology

Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and historian of science Ron Numbers have edited a new book of essays, Biology and Ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins. They’ll be at Heffers bookstore in Cambridge tomorrow to officially introduce the book, in which experts look at the various ways that interest groups have used science to serve their social and political agendas, from the 15th century to today.

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  1. The Faraday Institute being yet another creation of the Templeton Foundation – like this site.

  2. People are driven to understand reality and life. Science certainly is an important discipline that is used for that understanding. Anything that can be used also can be abused. Religion can also be used and abused.

    Some people seem to delight in pointing out how religion has been abused, but deny the suggestion that science can be abused “to add to the sum of human suffering.”

  3. Robin Hilliard says:

    “[…] experts look at the various ways that interest groups have used science to serve their social and political agendas.”

    Does this book examine the activities of the Templeton Foundation and its use of its considerable financial clout to blur the boundaries between empirical knowledge and made-up knowledge?

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