Re: Turning to nuclear energy
is like a child playing with matches
Date: Thursday 24 May 07
In response to the
Guardian leader, "All clear for nuclear"
on nuclear energy.
article and thread at
But the truth, of which we are in
alternating denial (in ourselves) and recognition (in others), is
that we do not deserve our scientific name. "Home stupidus
economicus" would be much more appropriate.
We are "prime apes", with a very
large brain and prodigious (animal) intelligence, which has
recently learned to grasp (make good models of) physical reality
(the fruits of which we now depend upon, but have also been
intoxicated by - not to mention our planet), but we are still
floundering in medieval darkness (though we fail to recognise it,
of course) when it comes to our grasp (models) of human and social
The scientific revolution has made
the use of nuclear energy possible. But before we go ahead and do
so (i.e. expand the use we are already making of it) we need to
have a revolution in the human and social sciences. Once we have
as firm a grasp (good models) of human and social reality as we do
of physical reality, that will be the time to consider the
large-scale use of nuclear energy.
Until then humankind is like a child
with a box of matches (which contains not just nuclear matches,
but others as well).
If there is a God (some higher
spiritual authority) he is telling us with some urgency, not to
open them (too late, Ethel! Then only with extreme care). Not yet.
Not until we have undergone a revolution in the human and social
sciences and applied them to the extent that we actually deserve
the name, "Wise and rational man".