Neil deGrasse Tyson on the moral obligations of science. (via marxisforbros)
This is why I dislike Neil deGrasse Tyson. What a ridiculous quote.
Many scientists have played some of the nastiest roles during the course of human history. There was a serious lack of moral consideration for the repercussions of creating a nuclear weapon during the Manhattan Project and, as Oppenheimer said, the team went ahead quite simply because they said they wanted to see if they could do it. They were excited after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because they could see how the weapons they created effected humans. Scientists create the weaponry militaries use. Neil’s logic is similar to what NRA members spew: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people!”
To say science is amoral under the guise of the purity of academic discovery is ridiculous. Unfortunately, the field of science has a dark history. What about eugenics? What about harmful GMOs? What about lobotomies, vivisection, and medical testing? Sometimes science does lead marching armies.(via mohandasgandhi)