Quote of the Week

Let us not gird science to our loins as the warrior buckles on his sword. Let us raise science aloft as the olive branch of peace and the emblem of hope.

John Wesley Powell, in an 1882 talk, “Darwin’s contributions to philosophy”

update: It’s worth pointing out here that Powell was full of extraordinary amounts of crap when he said this. He was about as combative in his use of science as they came in the 19th century, a true bureaucratic warrior.

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