Incompatibility of science and corrupt society

This lovely story of a Castilla y León government tender for a small investigative boat which already included the name of the winner, a company linked to the governing party, reminded me of this beautiful idea re (some of) the Greeks in Martha’s dad’s book:

Travel alone was not enough to create ‘science’. These thinkers also lived in communities which were held together by impersonal laws. As a result, they tended to explain the universe by underlying law too, and metaphors of ‘justice’ and ‘requital’ were sometimes important in their account of change.


It is too vague, though, to ascribe the ‘birth of scientific thought’ to the existence among Greeks of the citizen-community, or polis.

Never mind.

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