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Most scientists that I know of, would have some problems in discussing "Enlightenment", because they really know very little about it, or some of the issues that you raise here. I am doing a course on epistemology of science and my supervisor (one of the brightest and most honest persons I know. The top scientist in his field) asked me what is that.

You are fetishizing scientists: They are normal persons: some are concerned about the truth. Other about power and that stuff. They are morally not any better (or worse) than politicians, fire-fighters,  businessman, priests, bankers, factory workers, whatever.

But even the ones that are honest and intelligent: they live in a very competitive, closed and ego-centered world. They have to adapt and make concessions. People have kids to feed, and morality and integrity sometimes take the back-row. This with the good ones. Lets not discuss the egocentered ones.

by t-------------- on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 at 05:31:14 PM EST
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I've worked with and alongside too many scientists to have any illusions about 'em.  

I ... simplified ... for purposes of categorization.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 at 05:38:46 PM EST
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