The Opium of Science

The historian of science Joseph Needham asked: “Shall we substitute for the opium of religion an opium of science?” He hoped not.

” So long as time continues, so long as change and decay are around us and in us, so long will sorrow and tragedy be with us… there is little to be gained by trying to replace these considerations by a eupeptic (digestible) opium, derived from too bright an estimate of the possibilities of scientific knowledge. Driven out, it will return with redoubled force” .

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