A Chinese helicopter on Thursday rescued 52 passengers trapped for more than a week aboard an icebound Russian research ship in Antarctica, ferrying them a dozen at a time to an Australian icebreaker.
As an answer to “Can’t we all just get along?” (Thank you, Rodney King.) this is a definite “yes,” and it is one of many, many examples of scientists worldwide “getting along.” Recently Sam Harris has proposed that morality can be based upon science (in his book “The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values”) with part of the evidence being that human values are quite universal while religious creeds are not.
At the very least, scientists can show examples of moral behavior based upon basic human values that are not church-related, this being one of them.
And while various church organs in this country decry the lack of, or at least the lessening of, religious participation in society and societal participation in religion, we are steadily, and world-wide, becoming less violent.
Is it time to give science a chance? (Sing it with me: “All we are saying, is . . . “)