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[Comment] Offline: What is science for?

Georges Braque, the French Cubist painter, wrote that, “Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.” Bertrand Russell, one the great philosophers of the 20th century, disagreed. In his book, The Impact of Science on Society (1952), Russell argued that science is disruptive. Science dispels unfounded traditional beliefs. It can also be put to myriad social uses: changes to the organisation of society, political transformations, and, of course, war. Science enabled the “victory of humanity and common sense”.