Saturday, February 19, 2005

Science and Democracy

The resilience of American democracy is founded on the Enlightenment principles of those men -- Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, etc. -- who gave shape to our governmental institutions. It is no coincidence that many of these men -- Franklin and Jefferson, notably -- had a scientific temperament. As Jacob Bronowski wrote: "The society of scientists must be a democracy. It can keep alive and grow only by a constant tension between dissent and respect, between independence from the views of others and tolerance for them."