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.