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Over the centuries science has taken its liberty and freed itself from the limits imposed by religion. Yet now science is more or less in the same position as religion, or perhaps better the church, was until the Middle Ages. This is not without potential dangers. Like the churches are intertwined with politics so science is losing its sovereignty, its independence, and hence even its freedom. We may quote here Dr. Mae Wan Ho, co-founder of the ISIS organisation2:

MaeWan Ho“There is a widespread and mistaken assumption that science is neutral or ‘value-free’ and hence beyond reproach, so it is only the technology arising from the science that can be good or bad.

Science, as opposed to religious dogma, is not about certainties; it is changing all the time. But, as in any other field of human endeavour, the status quo tends to hang on for far too long, on account of vested interests in huge profits, top jobs, big research grants, and personal prestige and reputation. It is incredibly hard for new findings and new ideas to get a hearing in the scientific community, or for old, discredited theories like neo-Darwinism and reductionist biology to die. And all the more so when the old guard are backed by big corporations that have taken over every sector of society including our most sacred and revered academic institutions. Corporate interests have so thoroughly infiltrated our academic institutions that scientists are no longer free to work for the public good or to tell the truth. Honest scientists who insist on doing so are persecuted and victimised, and by their own academic institutions that should be protecting and defending them.”

To give just one example of this: In the current climate debate the company Koch Industries, a US based oil and chemical giant with $100 billion in annual sales, has spent almost $25 million funding organisations involved in spreading climate denialism3.

There is no point to underestimate the enormous success the fifth Ray energy, the energy of Science, has brought and is bringing to this planet. The last two centuries have seen revolutions in transportation, communication, industrial production. We have been to the moon, and we have released, for the good or the bad, the power of the atom. We are now globally facing a crisis, to which we will come back a little later. And to face the challenges that crisis brings, we do need a dynamic science, but not an industrial science, nor a scientific industry. To quote Dr. Mae Wan Ho again2:

“We need to support ‘mavericks’ and ‘dissenters’, who are often isolated, if not ostracized, as the trend is to support bigger and bigger groups doing rather conventional research. Every group needs someone that goes beyond the status quo, that’s what doing science is all about. True scientists are radicals at heart, as they are always questioning the status quo. Scientists should be working closely with those whom their research most directly affects, for example, agricultural scientists should be working closely with farmers. Scientists should be encouraged to take part in solving real problems for society.”

Science In Society, Mae Wan Ho, Issue 51, Autumn 2011, ISIS, p 14,
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/AnnouncingScienceinSociety51.php
Greenpeace International, http://www.greenpeace.org/kochindustries
Science In Society, Mae Wan Ho, Issue 51, Autumn 2011, ISIS, p 14,
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/AnnouncingScienceinSociety51.php