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The bias against science is part of being a pioneer society. You somehow feel the city life is decadent. American history is full of fables of the noble virtuous farmer and the vicious city slicker. The city slicker is an automatic villain. Unfortunately, such stereotypes can do damage. A noble ignoramus is not necessarily what the country needs. Isaac Asimov

The Idols of the Cave are the idols of the individual man. For everyone (besides the errors common to human nature in general) has a cave or den of his own, which refracts and discolors the light of nature, owing either to his own proper and peculiar nature; or to his education and conversation with others; or to the reading of books, and the authority of those whom he esteems and admires; or to the differences of impressions, accordingly as they take place in a mind preoccupied and predisposed or in a mind indifferent and settled; or the like. So that the spirit of man (according as it is meted out to different individuals) is in fact a thing variable and full of perturbation, and governed as it were by chance. Whence it was well observed by Heraclitus that men look for sciences in their own lesser worlds, and not in the greater or common world. Francis Bacon

I don’t understand the need to draw battle lines between science and religion. In fact, the more I learn about science, the more in awe I am of God’s work. It strengthens my faith. It doesn’t weaken it. Fox’s ‘Cosmos’ isn’t an affront to religion, it’s divine confirmation of faith (Edward Bowser)

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This relationship of integration also allows science and religion to be at their best. For example, Cosmos reminds us that the universe and all it contains originated in the Big Bang. To me, this teaching affirms the Jewish belief that if God is one, there is no other God and thus if God created the cosmos, all existence is ultimately one. Tyson, echoing Sagan, says that the Big Bang makes us all “starstuff,” because we are made from the matter flung into the universe by the Big Bang. But another way of contextualizing the same reality, of seeing it through a different metaphorical lens, is to say that we are all “Godstuff.” That there are different ways of expressing the same truth is one utility of integration. But religion’s real added value to the equation is its insistence that, whichever metaphor one finds most compelling, the truth has moral implications. If all is one, then each of us must live our lives in such a way that, to whatever extent possible, enhances connectivity and relationship with all that exists; that supports, sustains, and benefits everything else in creation. Our apparent differences obscure the truth that we are all interconnected. Much in the Jewish tradition, as with other religious traditions, strives to reinforce this value: Jewish law demands we fashion communities of love and justice, pursue equality and peace and protect the planet and its living creatures. Science and religion need each other. Would Cosmos’ Neil deGrasse Tyson agree?

Enemies of science have an array of tactics, honed across decades at the same ad agencies and “think tanks” that brought you campaigns proclaiming that cars don’t cause smog and tobacco is harmless. But to be clear, the assault is not coming only from the mad right. There is a mad left, too, that wallows in conspiracy theories, rails against biology and vaccines, and has been the feedstock for an intellectual travesty called “postmodernism” — trying to deny that science can “know” anything, at all. CONTRARY BRIN

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First the oligarchs came for our economy, and we said nothing. Then they came for our government, and again, we said nothing. Now, they’ve come for science, and we’re not saying a word. Billionaires… First They Came for the Economy

Our civilization is built on the innovation of scientists and technologists and engineers who have shaped everything that we so take for granted today. So some of the science deniers or science haters, these are people who are telling that to you while they are on their mobile phone. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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