Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Quote of the month for me

I read this blog entry last night and thought the following paragraph was very eloquently and powerful.

Smooth Pebbles: Climate change as a test of empiricism and secular democracy: "The spread of empiricism, in fact, has been essential not only to the rise not just of science but of pluralistic democracy. In order to accommodate many perspectives and beliefs, we agree to abide by the rule of law rather than religiion [sic]. Deciding policy and law based mainly on facts — on testable questions — frees us from quibbling endlessly about what beliefs are correct. We use rules based on a small handful of secular values, such as the integrity of the individual and the rights to property and privacy. And we agree to adjudicate those rules according to testable fact. Empiricism underlies not just science but all of pluralistic, rights-based society."

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