Monday, May 05, 2008

More Nazi Analogies

Ben Stein: "science leads you to killing people" - Mark Frauenfelder @ BoingBoing

The stupidity of such statements coming from the likes of Ben Stein is actually staggering. Stein should know better that what the Nazis proffered as science was nothing more than ideology parading as science. But since that is what Stein himself is doing, he can't acknowledge that. Accusing science as leading purely to mass murder is only part of the flimsy argument Stein makes, not to mention the violation of the ancillaries to Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. Stein consistently shows a misunderstanding of the nature of science (or even what counts as science) all while making a critical strategic error in thinking that by trying to disprove the theories of science he will somehow prove the theories of Intelligent Design. I think it was Richard Feynman who said it best that the only sure way of defeating a theory (or ideology) is to supersede it--to make the theory obsolete by arriving at a better theory that either explains more or does so in a less complicated way or both. But this would require Stein to have a grasp on what science is without letting ideology rule. It's sad to witness the fall of a man of intelligence like Stein. He once had the hard-won respect of my generation and now he has shattered that respect by siding with those who dress up ideology as science.

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