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  •  Thank you, Darksyde (2+ / 0-)
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    Fabian, means are the ends

    I enjoyed both the caucus and the panel.  It's not so much unfortunate that the caucus got hijacked by the creationism issue as it is unfortunate that our entire national science debate has been.  The caucus simply reflected that.

    The one thing I would have liked to hear on the panel, but didn't, is this: Science is important not only - and not even first - because of the sparkly techy things it brings us that make our lives easier.  Those are, imnsho, simply a very nice side effect.  Science is important because we like to know more about the world around us; the knowledge, in and of itself, is the objective.  Clark emphasized the sparkly, practical, side effects, and nobody corrected him.

    Nevertheless, a great panel; thank you for putting both sessions together.

    -7.50 -6.56 | Why is it that those who can remember that those who forget history are bound to repeat it are bound to repeat it?

    by cmanaster on Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 07:29:49 AM PDT

    •  I think Clark agrees with you though (6+ / 0-)

      You said:

      "Science is important because we like to know more about the world around us; the knowledge, in and of itself, is the objective.  Clark emphasized the sparkly, practical, side effects, and nobody corrected him."

      But Clark said this too on that panel:

      "There is incredible mystery out there, and what I believe is that God did create us and put us on this earth to use what he gave us, which is our imagination, our intelligence, our hands, our minds, our ears to study, to learn, to create, and we must do that. We must do it, because it's in our nature as human beings to push beyond the frontier, to ask the impossible questions. We can't be any other way. We're no different than our ancestors a thousand generations ago who gnawed on the bone of the woolly mammoth, threw it into the fire, stumbled out of the cave, laid on their back and looked up at the stars and said, 'What are those specks of light?' And I think that we're closer and closer to finding out, and I think that's our destiny, and I think God wants it that way."

      Clark is also a Pro Science for the sake of knowledge's sake believer.

      Clark also said a lot about the practical importance of science, because the current Republican Administration is brushing aside all the practical advances that science is opening up for us in medicine, in environmental protection, in energy efficiency, and in many other areas.  

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