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Ludwig Wittgenstein on Science and Industry

An excerpt from Culture and Value
Ludwig Wittgenstein
An excerpt from Ludwig Wittgenstein's Culture and Value, written, partly, in response to the atomic bomb:
Is isn't absurd, e.g., to believe that the age of science and technology isn't the end for humanity; that the idea of great progress is a delusion, along with the idea that the truth will ultimately be known; that there is nothing good or desirable about scientific knowledge and that mankind, in seeking it, is falling into a trap. It is by no means obvious that this is not how things are.

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Science and industry, and their progress, might turn out to be the most enduring thing in the modern world. Perhaps any speculation about a coming collapse of science and industry is, for the present and for a long time to come, nothing but a dream; perhaps science and industry, having caused infinite misery in the process, will unite the world - I mean condense it into a single unit, though one in which peace is the last thing that will find a home.

Because science and industry do decide wars, or so it seems.
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