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Sunday, August 28, 2005
Science is above politics - but it isn't the other way around

Sorry I haven't posted much recently. I shall remedy that soon. In the meantime, I will recommend this debate I had lately over at Pootergeek, the weblog of Damien Counsell, a professional biologist inclined to evaluate his radical politics in separation from what science tells us about human goals and social realities. As I conclude:

You can, if you like, take a radical feminist view that all our sexual attitudes prior to 1963 were a religious male conspiracy that have left all sorts of cultural demons that exist today and continue to blight the lives of young girls who would otherwise be as sex-hungry and uninterested in romance as young boys. Or you can accept what modern biology tells us about sexual attitudes, and why they exist - and that they would exist, did exist and will go on existing without any effort from repressed Rabbis or patriarchal Priests. But what you cannot do is be a scientist by day, but switch off the science when it starts to interfere with your ideology. Science is above politics, but politics certainly isn't above science. Where the scientific facts lead, sane political discourse must follow.
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