Thursday, April 21, 2011

G.K. Chesterton on the Tyranny of Science

G.K. Chesterton on the Tyranny of Science

Eugenics and Other Evils, by G.K. Chesterton (Cassell : 1922), p.76-77.
The thing that really is trying to tyrannise through government is Science. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statutes, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen — that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church; for the Government will really help it to persecute its heretics. Vaccination, in its hundred years of experiment, has been disputed almost as much as baptism in its approximate two thousand. But it seems quite natural to our politicians to enforce vaccination; and it would seem to them madness to enforce baptism.
Who would guess the high priest of paradox had an opinion almost 100 years ago on vaccinations?  Science believes it holds all that is pure and good and holy.  It has made a religion of itself. Navel gazing has led to it's inability to see that it holds few answers, and receives fewer accolades among the common man.  It can tell you what doesn't work, but not what does. It is like a brilliant child who cannot feed himself...his brilliance is for naught. It dies without being fed by the illusion of superiority.  Like the shamans of old, it's power comes purely from perception.  Like medicine before the discovery of will look back upon these days as days of ignorance, but in this day, "we are brilliant!"
It is a petulant child who refuses to say, "I don't know."
 True Science--click to see cartoon.


r.b. said...

It seems there are two sides to every story. I've always felt it was fair to listen to the other side, the side I might not agree with, and base my feelings on educated hypothesis. Wakefield does not appear to be a liar, but then, who am I to judge? Never met the man. This is the first time I've even listened to him. I dismissed the theory that was purported to be from him, because it did not fit my reality at the time. I'll take no man's word alone, I follow no gospel of science, and yet no politics of gossip, either.I do tend to think that corporations are profoundly insensitive, the bottom dollar being the almighty answer. I think they are routinely dismissive of the value of the individual...

I am not responsible for finding this, nor am I condoning it as the answer. I just find it interesting, is all. Thanks to Asperger Syndrome Livejournal Community:Diagnoses Schmiagnoses.... A member named Alobar gave the comment and the link here in a post entitled "The Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru".

I find Wakefield very intelligent and interesting. Probably not much different from Paul Offit.

One thing I think he has done, though, is endured himself to parents so he may do pure science without the constraints of legality. I don't believe he would purposely hurt a child...but in mild ways surpass ethical standards in order to achieve results quickly. I am going to study up on him a little more. With his analysis of the importance of metals, he has entered my interest zone. There is a preponderance of evidence of the etiology of disease based on the individual inability to excrete metal, to excrete certain amino acids, to develop a homeostasis that many of us enjoy to the advantage of good health in comparison to profound poisoning of the body system, unto death...not in PKU, Wilson's disease, to an iron poisoning (Background
Iron overdose has been one of the leading causes of death caused by toxicological agents in children younger than 6 years. Iron is used as a pediatric or prenatal vitamin supplement and for treatment of anemia. Iron is particularly tempting to young children because it appears similar to candy. Patients with anemias that require frequent blood transfusions also are at risk for developing chronic iron toxicity.)

(to be continued solely for my own interest...)

r.b. said...

shit...enured himself to parents. My vocabulary is homophonic, if that's a word. If it sounds like it
it's probably good enough.

Me and "W" and Sarah P.

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