The Enlightenment Made Us - Nick Cater


Nick CaterWith a focus on progress and practicality, “the great southern continent’s primitive landscape would be a laboratory for the Enlightenment’s bold experiment of applied science”.

Unlike America with its pilgrim devotion to giving thanks to God first and foremost, the pragmatic early colonists of Australia got on with the job of getting on. “The colony’s first scientific institution, an observatory, was established within weeks but it was five and a half years before the first wattle-and daub church was completed.” Does that sense of pragmatism still exist or are we in danger of losing it to political correctness?

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