Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

A rule of thumb for the degree of development of a science

The rule of thumb: The degree of development of a science goes up when the works that a student must learn go obsolete more quickly.

The Abrahamic religions, therefore, are among the least developed forms of science taken seriously in our present world. They are almost wholly inadequate to a highly technological society; they do convey a few points of ethics, but a decent modern person can do better than Abrahamic texts without even referring to a book, and regardless of religious upbringing or lack thereof.

Fundamental physics isn’t doing too well, either, as an engineer usually needs to learn barely anything that is newer than several decades old. (Our current generation of theorists is going to be mentioned in future lectures mainly to make fun of them.)

Neuroscience is doing pretty well, however.
Tags: human meanings, scientific attitude

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