Politics and Science

Politics and Science

Politics and Science

Politics and Science

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Physical science and technology have advanced much more during the last decades than in centuries before. This acceleration involves both greatest opportunities and extreme danger. Faced with crucial choices, we are badly prepared for them because they concern mainly the political field and politics did not keep abreast of physics. To cope with this critical situation we should, I propose, try to apply to politics that kind of thinking which produced modern physical science and technology.

Part One and Two of this essay are devoted to the necessity, the possibility, and the difficulties of scientific thinking in politics; Part Three suggests ways and means to further it. The Appendix-- "One Reason Why We Lost the Peace"--serves to illustrate the importance of scientific thinking to practical politics; it can, therefore, also be read first, as a kind of introduction.

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