Science and Technology the Knowledge

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Many of the results of scientific advancement have become part of the fabric of our humanity. But many of the advancements have also done grave damage to our planet, our traditions, and our social interactions.

In the end, whether scientific progress appears to be a good or an evil depends on what kind of world we want for ourselves, and what sort of control we want to maintain over that world. As long as our objectives are clear to ourselves, as long as the pace and direction of our endeavors remain within our control, and as long as we maintain a sense of awe and mystery in at least some aspect of our lives, science and technology will, as Bishop argues, lead us to a full unfolding of our potential as a species. But if we proceed with murky goals, if we allow the pace and direction of our endeavors to be guided by greed and power instead of knowledge and the common good, if we no longer maintain a reverence for power and mystery of that which we do not know, then science and technology may lead us to the horror that Frankenstein felt when faced with the dark reality of his own ambition.

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