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Reading EssayReport - Science as a Vocation by Max Weber Weber exposes some hard truths about scientific academic existence and the reflections this has on our lives He talks about universities showing preference for lecturers who can draw the crowds the unfortunate trend of mediocricies in the academic aristocracy and the luck needed to be promoted He talks about the increasing specialisaiton of science and how discoveries made now are destined to become obsolete He uses Platos analogy of the men chained facing a wall with a light - the sun of the truth of science - behind them It is the pholosopher that breaks free and shows others that light and to strive for true being However if the truth of science is constantly being overlain by new truthsas the old become out-of-date or out of fashion what are we to believe as the final truth He says that it is thought necessary to put on blinkers to specialise and how this a detriment to science as a whole He instead encourages scientists to have passion in their work whatever it is for nothing is worth anything to a man as a man if he cannot do it with passion He talks with disgust about those who believe that science is all intellect and no soul and shows the parrallel between art and maths and how inspiration favours both in the same way - through long hours of work and sometimes not even then He makes a correlation between the progresss of civilisaiton and scientific discoveries and the continuous stream of discoveries due to the obsoletion of previous ideas being essential to development However he does see that this very advancement leads to the death of magic and the intellectualizationof our perception of the world Weber goes on to say that this lack of mystery makes us less likely to be satisfied or gain pleasure in our lives We
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