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Has science made us gods even before we've become worthy of being men?

"Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men"
said the biologist and philosopher Jean Rostand almost 70 years ago, at the beginning of the Nuclear Arms race.

Is that quote even more true today or have we grown to be better people? Has science given us too much power? Will we ever be able to use that power responsibly?

I believe that science has given us power to create and destroy at "godlike" proportions, but we might've not grown enough morally to be able to use that power responsibly. I don't deny science, nor I think scientific knowledge can go "too far". What I'm worried about is how we use (or don't) that knowledge today and how shall we continue to use it in the future.

Just to clear things up: For me this question is purely a question about morals. I don't put any spiritual meaning in it. I don't believe people are divine, gods or anything "special" like that. Even with science we're still men with all the good and bad parts that come with us being just human.

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    Jun 17 2011: I remember my Dad saying the same thing decades ago… and all he would say when I asked he same question was.. “you will see son….”

    He was right about a lot of things.. more than I thought at the time… getting older makes you more able to see change… really you have a broader point of reference to base your thoughts / ideas / reality on…

    Take for instance the idea that we could throw our garbage out the window of our cars and expect it to somehow not matter… or pollute the water by continuing to disregard what we flush down the toilet or release from our factories… or how we allow large overflows of sewage… and somehow that wouldn’t matter either… well that was the view back then… wasn’t ok back then… and even more true today…

    Just stop look and listen… the world is groaning under the weight of our consistent disregard … Think I am being a little harsh here… check out any water related website..
    Or grab your camera and go down to the waterway where you live, take some photos and ask yourself would I drink that water… Check out the reports of how your water supply measures up.. find out all the chemicals that are in it.. I could go on and on but as this Sunday is Fathers Day, I’ll raise a glass to my Dad and say.. “you were right dad…” and even more true today!

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