Light is an electromagnetic wave

In my tenth standard physics book, that I remembered by heart, on the chapter on light, the first statement is still in my memory, it is simply “Light is an electromagnetic wave”. This statement in itself is powerful to a student, who will most certainly never study light for more than a couple of years more, but it puts the word “is” between the wonders of the world and an abstraction, it has done its job, it has sold science to him. Perhaps a more accurate phrase could be, “A toy model for light is an electromagnetic wave”, but the word toy and model would have the student thinking that science is a humble enterprise, (which it is, scientists grapple with the simplest of questions to date, without any reponse.., it is techonology that is all powerful) but the industial-scientific propoganda is complete, there is no need for further detail, the student “believes” in science, in reality technology and capitalism with a religious fervour, which is why everybody wants to be an “engineer” of sorts, who cares about the science behind it as long as it works, nobody wants to be the pope, we want to be the emperors, the “engineers” that conquer the world in the name of and his sacred “truth” of science, the cathedral is the CERN super collider, but the emperors are Google, Apple and Facebook, blessed by theoretical physicists/chemists/biologists and ofcourse computer “scientists” (what is a computer scientist??),the priests, the go forth and conquer and destroy the world in the name of God..I am sorry..I meant “Science”.

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  1. « Le scientisme ne se borne pas à prétendre que seul ses propres mythes soient vrais ; il est la seule religion qui ait poussé l’arrogance jusqu’à prétendre n’être basée sur aucun mythe quel qu’il soit, mais sur la Raison seule, et jusqu’à présenter comme « tolérance » ce mélange particulier d’intolérance et d’amoralité qu’il produit. Aux yeux du grand public, les prêtres et les grands prêtres de cette religion sont les scientifiques, au sens large, plus généralement les technologues les technocrates, les experts. »
    “Nous pensons que de plus en plus la principale ligne de partage politique se trouvera moins dans la distinction traditionnelle entre la « gauche » et la « droite » que dans l’opposition entre les scientistes, tenants du « progrès technologique à tout prix » et leurs adversaires, c’est-à-dire, grosso-modo, ceux pour lesquels l’épanouissement de la Vie, dans toute sa richesse et sa variété, et non le progrès technique, est une priorité absolue. »
    Alexandre Grothendieck, La nouvelle église universelle (1971)

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