I do worry, though, about his obsessive portrayal of scientists as hell-bent on undermining the values of civilisation. There is a wide variety of views in all walks of life on the philosophical questions he, rightly, sees as important. Why, then, does he not refer to those scientists who do acknowledge the role of the humanities, and openly argue that science alone cannot resolve many of the ethical issues raised in a technological society?
It is not as though we have been silent. Only as the newsprint on his article was drying, I was discussing exactly these issues on BBC Radio 2, arguing, as was William Waldegrave himself, for an integration of our scientific and humanistic traditions.
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