Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4: A Champion of Science (Vol. 26: pp. 209-219)

English botanist and educator Thomas Henry Huxley, who was born this day in 1825, delivers a spirited defense of science and its importance to the future prosperity of mankind in today's selection.

"Science and Culture" is taken from a speech Huxley gave at Mason College (now the University of Birmingham) in 1880. Huxley says that by leaving the enforced certainty of the Middle Ages behind and embracing a new way of thinking, society improved for the better.

"The assertion which outstrips evidence is not only a blunder, but a crime," he said. Words to remember whenever dogma attempts to trump scientific fact.

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