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Science and Prejudice

“Science began when man responded to his wonder about the world, when he realized that perhaps his mortality in flesh could be compensated by his immortality in intelligence; he wanted to know the world as it transcended the spatiotemporal limits of his finite existence; he wanted to know the world in itself. In other words, science began when man made a distinction between reality and appearance: Thus man entered the theoretical attitude, knolwedge for the sake of knowledge, episteme rather than doxa, truth in place of opinion.”

NOEMAYA

It was in the nineteenth century that sciences began to determine the total worldview of man. Prior to that century it was not so clear that science’s theoretical grasp of natural order based on the purely quantitative aspect of phenomena had anything to do with the reality of human existence. Prior to nineteenth century in which science snatched the right to veto man’s every move, especially his perennial relation with the spiritual order, prior to that uproar and fuss about endless prosperity, prior to all that man was still spirit, a being essentially beyond and above the natural order whose hidden machinery was unveiled and exploited by his superior intelligence. The very success of sciences was telling of man’s supranatural dominion over nature, for if he were like all other beings fully subject to the same limiting laws and conditions, if his sole motivation was the prejudice of survival, then…

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