The Most Dangerous Idea in the World?

September 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

What is the most dangerous idea in the world? Kyle Munkittrick has one. How dangerous do you think it is?

To think scientifically is to think dangerously. Scientists, from Copernicus to Galileo to Darwin, are among the many “Great spirits [who] have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds,” as Einstein so eloquently put it. Daniel Dennett, a prominent New Atheist and philosopher of science, aptly named one of his tomes on evolution Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. Constantly challenging the status quo, science is the engine of the future. Science generates the ideas and science fiction gives us whole universes in which to explore them. Science fiction classics like Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty-four, Slaughterhouse-Five, and A Wrinkle in Time are oft challenged on the premise that they are dangerous or harmful to the impressionable minds reading them. So science and sci-fi push the envelope, but among all of the guesses, theories, and what-ifs, is there an idea most dangerous? Please read the full story…

via The Most Dangerous Idea in the World | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine.

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§ One Response to The Most Dangerous Idea in the World?

  • Collin says:

    To call Darwin’s ideas dangerous is just PTS of science waging war with religion. I can’t see how any scientific idea could be considered inherently dangerous.

    There are some truly dangerous ideas, such as Mein Kampf, but those are some of the things science is supposed to save us FROM.

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