RE: democratic communication

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Thu 07 Nov 2002 - 16:51:35 GMT

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    >I like to think that science is about as close as we can get to that
    >platonic democratic whole, that information and conjecture can be shared
    >and openly discussed, and where secrecy is not only forbidden, but a
    >cause of ostracization. Science is not a secret society, or a proprietary
    >corporation, or a coven of illuminati, but an open community of seekers.
    >A democracy of knowledge.
    >If it's for sale, it's not science. If it's a secret, it's not science.
    >If it can only be revealed after a price is paid, it's not science. It's
    >some bureaucratic system, the institution of which many of us face from
    >day to day, in all spheres.
    > >the refeudalisation of the public sphere
    >Sounds like a highly political perspective, but, that's okay.
    >- Wade
    I'd say that once it reaches the stage where it is secret, it has become political. When it reaches the stange where it's for sale, it's engineering. Science is what happens before we reach these stages. But then, that's only one man's opinion.


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