Can’t we all just discuss things?

Sam Burson thinks The flight from science is worrying – it seems we can’t have rational discourse’. He cites a leading Welsh theologian warned yesterday that superstition is replacing science in modern society and Professor Tom O’ Laughlin who claims there is a lack of rational discourse on science because playing on emotions is an easier task.

Prof O’ Laughlin suggests we need more calm Mr Spocks and less hysterical Dr McCoys when it comes to discussing emotive issues, such as vivisection, embryonic research and nuclear energy.

You don’t have to look very far to find more examples to cause you to be disheartened if you are looking for intellectual integrity and reasoned debate. Let us hope that things will turn around and society will not devolve back to Aztec human sacrifices and such – or is that a jihadist I hear?

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