a teeny little rant

Obama sees link between stem-cell work, 'scientific integrity'

You know what really gets me? The disingenuous pretense of neutrality. There is no such thing as ideological neutrality.

Let me say that again:

There is no such thing as ideological neutrality.


"What really is important is that ideology will not drive science," said bioethicist Jonathan Moreno...

I have news for you, Mr. Moreno. Science is ALWAYS driven by ideology. The question is which ideology we allow to drive it. "Scientific objectivity" is a fool's dream.

Secularism is a creed. It is not neutral. It is a creed. If you'd like to make an argument that it is a better creed than any others for the purposes of setting public policy, then by all means attempt the argument.

But don't pretend that this decision and others like it are ideologically neutral merely because they are based on the imperatives of a priori Enlightenment commitments to "progress."

6 comments:

Dawn's Art Site said...

My thing is that this "neutrality" will tell me that having too many kids could destroy the environment (which I do think is important in the sense of taking care of what God has given us even when it's not easy) BUT then in the next breath leave LIVE babies on a table to die. It is not neutral but a deliberate choice. How could we not be judged for such evil when our most helpless are left to the whims of our convenience?

Hairline Fracture said...

AMEN. Well said.

jculver said...

Jamie Smith, my man-crush agrees completely:
http://forsclavigera.blogspot.com/2009/03/political-science.html

This enlightenment, objectivist view of science is dominant in the public education science standards. The postmodern critique of science hasn't really trickled down yet. However, history of science is littered with examples of subjectivity and perspectivism.

Sarah said...

Thank you.

Just-thank you.

Kathleen Marie said...

So very true and well stated. You couldn't have made your point clearer.

Kathleen Marie said...

Well spoken... For me it a bit more than a teeny little rant ... but I did vote for the man so am not really surprised, just disappointed.

I also tagged you on my blog for a reading meme...