Computer Scientists as an ethical elite

… every culture … needs a kind of self-questioning, ethical elite … Perhaps you see very little link between the Charles of 1267 with all his newfangled French notions of chastity and chasing after Holy Grails, the Charles of 1867 with his loathing of trade and the Charles of today, a computer scientist deaf to the screams of the tender humanists who begin to discern their own redundancy. But there is a link: they all rejected or reject the notion of possession as the purpose of life, whether it be of a woman’s body, or of high profit at all costs, or of the right to dictate the speed of progress. The scientist is but one more form; and will be superceded.

John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman.


  1. Posted February 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Funny. I’ve never considered myself particularly ethical.

  2. Christopher Owen
    Posted February 14, 2009 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I don’t quite get the part about supercession.

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