CHAPTER 3: THE ENLIGHTENMENT
As the title of this chapter suggests, Wilson (author of the book) gives us ethical foundations that a scientists in essence must possess. These ethics, values and principles are taken out of those famous enlightenment thinkers, of which most people have at the least heard of; Francis Bacon, Condorcet, Rene Descartes, amongst many others. On this particular chapter we are given several definitions of Enlightenment and Enlightenment thinkers, all of which are very fundamental and relevant to this unification of knowledge. On of those definitions which stroke me the most, was the one which characterizes Enlightenment as a view of inevitable progress, which means indefinite human progress as well. This idea of having a constantly evolving reason exploitation fascinates me the most, and although I am not agreeing nor disagreeing yet, it would be naive of me to ignore the brilliance behind it. On pg 30 I found a remarking little note that is used to describe Francis Bacon, stating how he, like few, had the "affecting combination of humility and innocent arrogance, present only in the greatest scholars"; reason I found this interesting and relevant came when considering our behaviour when speaking of our like of knowledge at certain aspects, I do know this particular case refers to a specific type of man or women, the scholar, but it could also be applied to all those who appear arrogant, yet their humility rises above as well when presenting certain passions of theirs. To end up, I will simply highlight perhaps again the fundamental message of knowledge attainment, adoption of enlightenment thinking mannerisms and ideas, and the attitude against uncertainty.