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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 18 2011: We are NOT gods, a god-like creature would have some form of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power) or omnipresence (present everywhere).

    We are still men, our sticks for clubbing things have just grown more destructive. We are far from immortal.

    If people are going to cite Al Gore for anything climate related, have them try to find a conversation in which he addresses why meteorologists can't get their forecasts correct. Apparently our world is doomed in so many years yet we can't get an accurate weather forecast for the week.

    Yes we have made powerful breakthroughs as a species but it can all end in a flash today if a giant rock was to hit our planet.
    • Jun 19 2011: Of course we're not god(s) and we never will be. We're men with all the good and bad parts that come with this.

      However, our knowledge is giving us power of god-like proportions and to quote Churchill (not Spider-man!) -- "With great power comes great responsibility". Responsibility that we might've forgotten somewhere along the way.

      And yes it all can end in a flash. From a giant rock *or* a nuclear apocalypse.

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