This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.


← Time to Get Real

Irat's Avatar Jump to comment 129 by Irat

I forget whose comments I'm responding to, but 1) "tradition" does not come from Greek, but rather Latin; and 2) the point was that certain beliefs are unquestioningly accorded respect because they are said to be "traditional," which is against the scientific method. Yeah, perhaps more effort could have been made to make this clearer, but I think it is pretty obvious that that was what was meant, i.e., NOT that we don't build something like a "traditional" accumulation of knowledge (and sure, in the etymological sense, the knowledge is, in a sense, "handed over"), but rather that none of the knowledge in science is accepted as fact simply because it is "traditional."

Sat, 14 May 2011 01:24:03 UTC | #626628