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Icarus; or, The Future of Science, by Bertrand Russell - contents

* Source: Icarus; or, The Future of Science (London; Kegan Paul, 1924. 64 p. 16 cm)


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1 Introductory
2 Effects of the Physical Sciences
3 The Increase of Organization
4 The Anthropological Sciences
5 Conclusion

Mr. Haldane's Daedalus has set forth an attractive picture of the future as it f may become through the use of scientific discoveries to promote human happiness. Much as I should like to agree with his forecast, a long experience of statesmen and governments has made me somewhat sceptical. I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups, rather than to make men happy. Icarus, having been taught to fly by his father Daedalus, was destroyed