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Ambivalence Toward Science and Technology

Throughout this life Freud maintained a deep-seated belief in the value of scientific inquiry and a deep antipathy toward religion. In New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1952 [1932]), Freud stated

Of the three forces which can dispute the position of science, religion alone is a really serious enemy. Art is almost always harmless and beneficent, it does not seek to be anything else but an illusion. ... Philosophy is not opposed to science; it behaves itself as if it were a science, and to a certain extent makes use of the same methods. ... Our best hope for the future is that the intellect—the scientific spirit, reason—should in time establish a dictatorship over the human mind. ... Whatever, like the ban laid upon thought by religion, opposes such a development is a danger for the future of mankind. (p. 875)

However, Freud seemed ambivalent about...

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