Natural Science “don allow no meaning in here”!

coberst

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Natural Science “don allow no meaning in here”!

Natural science clears the land before it builds its structures. NATURAL SCIENCE IS BULLDOZIER might be a useful linguistic metaphor for comprehending how the natural sciences function.

The first thing that a Normal Science (as defined by Thomas Kuhn) does is create a paradigm, which is to say that the bulldozer comes in and clears the land of all obstructions and establishes a foundation upon the solid rock of “measurement by standards”. If it cannot be properly measured in accordance to an established paradigm it does not exist. Since emotion, feeling, and meaning cannot be so measured then such things must be removed.

Only the measurable and the commodified are meaningful in the land of the natural and economic sciences.

This habit of removing all the things that do not fit the science has allowed the natural and economic sciences to be very productive in the human competition with Mother Nature. But I claim that this success, obtained by eliminating considerations based upon human meaning, comes at a heavy price.

The science of economics has emulated the natural sciences and has reaped great successes as a result; if one does not take into consideration the human, social, and ecological costs of such sciences one can be deluded into bulldozing aside all considerations of human meaning as we construct our high tech society.

In his book The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time Karl Polanyi argues that a self-regulating market economy requires “that human beings and the natural environment be turned into pure commodities, which assures the destruction of both society and the natural environment…the definition of a commodity is something that has been produce for sale on a market…land, labor, and money are fictitious commodities because they were not produced for sale on a market…Modern economics starts by pretending that these fictitious commodities will behave in the same way as real commodities…economic theorizing is based on a lie, and this lie places human society at risk.”

 

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Science is just a method of understanding the world using empirical observations and reason. It does not take a specific side on issues, as it is meant to be neutral to the morality of humans.

With that said, it should be pointed out that a large amount of criticism directed at environmentally destructive policies do come in science. It is from scientific studies have we fleshed out the importance of the world's forests for instance. Science has shown that without the forests of the world that all of life in general will suffer.

Now we can take the empirical method of science and apply it in the building of bulldozers. As well as the pursuit of profit. But don't for one second assume that this is some sort of official stance science makes, because science is not meant to take a stance. If anything the science of ecology and environmentalism have furthered our understanding of how certain technologies are having a destructive effect on natural biological world.

So I guess in another sense it isn't science at all that is leading to the destruction but rather the application of it in technology. Yes that's it, technology. Perhaps the development of technology should conform to the facts showed in environmental and ecological studies. Developing alternative fuels, for instance, would be a good start.
 

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So I guess in another sense it isn't science at all that is leading to the destruction but rather the application of it in technology. Yes that's it, technology. Perhaps the development of technology should conform to the facts showed in environmental and ecological studies. Developing alternative fuels, for instance, would be a good start.

I think that it means that Corporate America has control of our educational system and uses that system to produce graduates who are trained to focus brain power only upon those matters that enhance production and consumption.
 

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Natural Science “don allow no meaning in here”!

Natural science clears the land before it builds its structures. NATURAL SCIENCE IS BULLDOZIER might be a useful linguistic metaphor for comprehending how the natural sciences function.

You've never actually done any science have you? You are probably quite proud of your ignorance of science and would rather stick by the fictional straw man you have invented and named "science".

Only the measurable and the commodified are meaningful in the land of the natural and economic sciences.

Prove it. Or have you proclaimed yourself our Master, to dictate Truth for all without supporting it?
 

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I think that it means that Corporate America has control of our educational system and uses that system to produce graduates who are trained to focus brain power only upon those matters that enhance production and consumption.

Didn't you claim that this trait was an INHERENT QUALITY of natural sciences? So, which is it? Is it inherent to natural science or something that is taught? Are you dishonest or merely confused?
 
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