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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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  • Jul 8 2011: I know i am a little late entering the debate. I think this question has very interesting implications. And unlikely source of reading into this would actually be some smartly written superhero comics which give us an insight into how everyday humans would react to yielding powers which sort of us gives them demi-god status complete with the moral question and complexities that it brings. Watchmen would be a good example.
    I am not trying to trivialize the question, all i am saying is that since science provides humans to be creative on a "godlike" level, it is entirely upto us to use it responsibly, and based on the evidence, that is more or less the case. Even the abberrations have been well-meaning and we just need to focus on the creative aspect of it more.

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