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A Personal View of the Limitations of Science Read Article

September 2020

A Personal View of the Limitations of Science


In a dialogue on ‘Origins’, held at Oxford University in 2012 between philosopher Anthony Kenny, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and scientist Richard Dawkins, Kenny began proceedings by saying this, “We all believe in science. That it is one of the greatest of human achievements and we all owe the scientists of many generations a great debt of gratitude for the way in which they have improved the world.”

I believe that statement to be partly true. For it is surely incontrovertible that science is, in fact, a double-edged sword, capable of being directed towards good and noble ends or, alternatively, dangerous and destructive ones. And yet science remains, for many, humankind’s last great hope.