Economic Inequality is Public Enemy Number 1

I entitled a previous article The Big Bang Swindle. I temporarily forgot something important about scientific theories: they are informed by philosophical ideas. All scientists work within the context of their own cultural understanding. A Spirkin explains the connection between philosophy, religion and science when he says that philosophy has always informed science, directly or indirectly, through ‘the whole system of culture’. So it doesn’t make sense to call the Big Bang theory ‘a swindle’. The video in the previous article on the other hand, could have been based on new information. I’m not sure which cultural assumptions might have inspired it.

However I am still concerned with the current direction of physics. I mentioned previously that Albert Einstein objected to Quantum physics, but it was his work that made the atom bomb possible. It seems strange to me that we don’t seem willing or able to discuss the beliefs and values that led to its development and to the bombing of Japan.

Science isn’t the problem. I would argue that the problem today is an economic system that allows a small number of people to set policy and control science. It destroys caution, it drowns out wisdom, and it uses science and politics as weapons.

Given enough time we can solve any problem. If extreme inequality threatens to rob us of time it must go.

 

[1] A. Spirkin Philosophy and Science Marxists.org. Available: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/spirkin/works/dialectical-materialism/ch01-s04.html

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