Scientific method and the environmental scene: the need for an experimenting, evolving society
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1975/08/01 Full-length article DOI: 10.1016/0305-0483(75)90005-5
AbstractThe idea is abroad that there is a technique, called the scientific method, which solves problems: this is a fallacy: and there is no certainty that solutions are even possible. Malthus's warning was correct and growth of population and consumption is now almost out of control. Evolutionary mechanisms have been stultified so that they no longer guarantee the creation of higher forms, and the variety on which it thrives has been destroyed. Planners plan as if they were planning the result of an election instead of merely the election itself. They do not understand freedom nor its value for a healthy society. Instead they have organised the proliferation of the illiterate and the unemployed.
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