Saturday, May 3, 2008

Science Does What?

Ben Stein recently made the following claim:

When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you... Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

As a result of this comment, Stein made Olbermann's list of worst persons. I won't waste my time refuting this extremely tired claim that science led to the holocaust. If you can't understand why that argument is both offensive and just plain stupid, then you really need to do some research. But Stein isn't just claiming here that evolutionary theory leads to eugenics. He's claiming that science leads to killing people while God leads to good things. Hmm... for some reason the crusades, the inquisition, the witch hunts, 9/11, 7/7, bombings of abortion clinics, etc have come to mind.

At any rate, when Stein made this statement, I was immediately reminded of the video below. In it Thunderf00t (who, by the way, totally rocks my youtube world) shows us what science really leads to. I blush a little to admit it, but this video moves me every time I watch it. Dawkins once said that "science is the poetry of reality". This video, to my mind, is evidence for that claim.

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