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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 26 2011: I think it is in our nature to question the morality of what we do with science. I’m sure that the individuals like those on the Manhattan project spent nights wonder if they were doing right thing. The old quote “it is not a question of can we but should we?
    I think we have to watch our moral compass more today then ever before because large corporation lead the exploration of our scientific endeavors. In the past, the major of those who sought knowledge went to universities and mostly looked to understand. Now, I believe more people are looking for a pay check and are willing to push the envelope without questioning it. They are not looking to understand but to bring results for the company. This in my opinion is the most dangerous type of science.

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