This is remarkable, considering that science can only flourish in freedom. It began with the Greeks, and it has greatly accelerated since the Enlightenment. How is it possible for the Discoveroids to associate science with tyranny?
In the real world — which is far from the world of creationism — there is evidence to contradict the Discoveroids’ claims. For example, Stalin rejected evolution in favor of the crazed beliefs of Trofim Denisovich Lysenko. And as we’ve often discussed, Hitler never even mentioned Darwin in his writings, although Churchill did. We have no idea what Mao thought about Darwin, if anything, but we’ve never heard of any original science coming out of China during his reign.
We found a new article today in Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It’s titled How the Franco dictatorship destroyed Spanish science. It says:
Francisco Franco ruled over Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. His nationalist, authoritarian regime had a brutal grip on the country’s political and cultural life — but also on science, according to Education, science and ideology in Spain (1890–1950), a recent book published in Spanish.
The article is an interview with Castillo Martos, one of the authors. It’s all good, and we recommend that you read it, so a few excerpts will be sufficient to make our point. We added a bit of bold font for emphasis:
Question: What other means did Franco’s regime use to control academic inquiry?
Answer: We found unpublished data about prohibitions in Spanish universities banning Darwin’s books. The Franco regime defended the literalism of the Bible, which was considered an infallible account, inspired by the word of God. Scientific ideas that contradicted it, such as Darwinist evolution, were considered unacceptable.
How surprising! Although Franco’s Spain stayed out of World War II, they were friendly to the Hitler regime — see Spain and World War II.
In response to another question, Martos said:
Under Franco, the CSIC [Spanish National Research Council] was in the hands of the Opus Dei. That’s the reality.
Here’s one more excerpt:
Question: Are dictatorships in general bad for science?
Answer: We see similarities between what happened in Spain and other dictatorships in Portugal, Greece, or Germany. Science, and knowledge in general, have to develop and progress free from any ideological bonds, be they religious or political. That’s what no dictatorial regime can tolerate or admit.
We’re very confused! The Discovery Institute insists that science leads to terrible consequences. Their Wedge Document says so — see What is the “Wedge Document”? Specifically it states:
The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. … [The theory of intelligent design (ID)] promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
But reality strongly suggests that the Discoveroids have it completely backwards. Well, that’s no problem for creationists. Whenever their beliefs conflict with reality, they reject reality. That’s the essence of creationism.
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