Monday, February 8, 2010

galileo's post-hiroshima mea culpa (1)

"For what reason do you labor? I take it the intent of science is to ease human existence. If you give way to coercion, science can be crippled, and your new machines may simply suggest new drudgeries. Should you then, in time, dicover all there is to be discovered, your progress must then become a progress away from the bulk of humanity. The gulf might even grow so wide that the sound of your cheering at some new achievement would be echoed by a universal howl of horror."

Brecht (with Laughton), Galileo, as reworked after August 1945

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