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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 30 2011: Wisdom for all! So how do we effectively pass on Wisdom? The first thing that comes to my mind - We have to look at the way we are treating our elders. In Western culture, when you get old, you are often assumed to be weak and feeble and incapable work. Unfortunately, our elders are looked upon as a burden, instead of a wellspring of knowledge and wisdom.

    I must say I have been guilty of such misconceptions. It took me 23 years to realize that my grandmother isn't just a sick old woman who has lost her mind. Once I began to ACTUALLY talk with her, I realized I couldn't have been more wrong.

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