Our Association has severely practical aims. But science itself, in many of the domains where its achievements have been most conspicuous, has been inspired likewise by wholly practical objectives. Joseph Priestley, who foresaw the prospects for science more clearly than most, wrote in 1768 in his Essay upon the Principles of Government: ‘Nature, including both its materials and its laws, will be more at our command; men will make their situation in the world absolutely more easy and comfortable; they will probably prolong their existence in it, and will daily grow more happy.’ I need, therefore, make no apology for devoting my address to some reflexions on what it is that makes science tick.
KeywordsGeneral Truth Ultimate Reality Ultimate Truth Hind Tarsus Enduring Entity
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.