Monday, July 30, 2012

And So We Have Arrived as Predicted in 1928

The following quote is taken from Lawrence Hyde’s book The Learned Knife - An Essay on Science and Human Values, Gerald Howe Limited, London, 1928, pg. 304, which I just completed reading, but will be keeping close at hand.

It is important to understand what is implied by social reform in accordance with the findings of Science, the method of which consists in the application to communal life of principles which have been arrived at through dispassionate enquiry.  It is extremely difficult to see how the process can ultimately entail anything less than the control of life by a group of technical experts.  Further, it will imply also that education will consist very largely in the learning by the great mass of the population of what these experts have come to regard as being true, for this basis the judgment of the private and untrained individual, on almost any problem, social or personal, will inevitably, with the advance of knowledge, become of almost negligible significance compared to that of the specialist who bases his conclusions upon a survey of an infinitely wider range of evidence.  In other words, the individual will be perpetually threatened, even in dealing with the most initimate questions, with having to make decisions which are based on evidence which is too elaborate or voluminous for him to master by himself.  And that from the spiritual point of view signifies something so serious that only the most unimaginative person can contemplate the prospect without consternation.

And so we have arrived, as predicted in 1928.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/30 at 03:03 PM
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