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While I won't wade in to the free will debate (though I do think he is a bit cavalier in general about science), one of the aspects that disturbed me in the interview was the story of the soldier in Iraq who was comforted in the midst of war by going to the theoretical bigger questions of science. To my mind, this is an ethical failure of science if it used in this manner. Science should lead us to a deeper reality with all of its ethical quandaries rather than allow us to zoom out far enough that our actions in war don't seem to make much difference. Perhaps despair is the correct emotion that leads us to question our ethical choices in regards to war and the devastation it causes.