Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | November 20, 2008

Weekly Read-Along—November 21, 2008: Icarus

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

 

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

 

     

 

 

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) was a famous British philosopher, mathematician, author and pacifist with left-wing political leanings.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.

 

This week’s text, Russell’s Icarus or the Future of Science (1923), is his response to Haldane’s Daedalus, last week’s Read-Along text.  His views are more pessimistic than Haldane’s—

“Science has not given men more self-control, more kindliness, or more power of discounting their passions in deciding upon a course of action. It has given communities more power to indulge their collective passions, but, by making society more organic, it has diminished the part played by private passions.”

 

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event and feel free to comment!  You can find the text at this website:

 

http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Icarus.html

 

 

 


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