Thursday, May 27, 2010

Comment - Greg Egan

"Russell, did you see the bizarre article in the Weekend Australian a few weeks back, blaming "Darwinism" for school massacres?

I just roll my eyes and give up when journalists are so vacuous. You don't get anyone alleging that a detailed understanding of the physical processes behind hurricanes and earthquakes is tantamount to advocating human actions that cause similar mass casualties -- nobody blames meteorologists or seismologists for the nuclear arms race. But gosh, why not? By claiming that a tragedy like Haiti was just the product of natural forces, surely seismologists are dehumanising us and creating a chilling, materialistic culture of death."

4.5 out of 5

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