Originally Posted by Brainiac
Really? I suspect Galileo would disagree, considering that the Catholic Church put him on trial, convicted him of heresy, and sentenced him to indefinite imprisonment (later commuted to house arrest for the rest of his life).
His crime? Stating that the earth revolves around the sun. That was heresy to the Catholic Church since the church taught at the time that the earth was the physical center of the universe.
Link ===> http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/project...demnation.html
Yeah, the Catholic Church did nothing to suppress science.
You know what's really sad? It's that under duress, Galileo recanted. He begged forgiveness from the Catholic Church for daring to say that the earth revolved around the sun, and declared it to be an error on his part.
Now tell me again: WHO was being authoritarian? It sure as hell wasn't the scientist.
You should have saved yourself the time because your links are meaningless to me. I said: "There's plenty of myth about the suppression of science by the Catholic Church out there too. Particularly on Galileo." I never specified what on Galileo, nor claimed parts were untrue, but that didn't prevent you from assuming things about what I meant by that general statement. Hope you don't jump to conclusions as a scientist like that.