The above link sent to me by a friend – makes me want to high five all around and ask “can you hear us now?”
We as a people may not build rockets or Ipads but we know and have known a few things for longer than the word scientist has been around.
We’ve also known enough not to pollute our ground water, rivers, lakes, and even the air we breathe – that’s known as common sense and doesn’t require a piece of paper stating we have a phd, or that increasingly trite reference to “critical thinking”.
I would ask a rhetorical question, which has the greater value – to spend the time and energy in maintaining the habitability of this planet or devote it to putting an astronaut on Mars?
All “scientific discoveries” will amount to nothing if we destroy the very place, the only place, we know of that will support life as we know it.
And suppose we do find a similar planet in the farthest reaches of space, what then when we haven’t the ability to reach it?
The greater question for me, the most significant search, is not “where do we come from and are we alone? It’s how do we survive as a species? How do we secure the future to that end?
Scientists are raising the alarm about global warming? They should, and they also should be accepting some responsibility for those “discoveries” that led to the creation of agents that have facilitated that.
But then as I said in an earlier blog, a scientist I know claims they have no moral responsibility, it’s singularly about a quest for knowledge. A sense of entitlement to “know”.
Cataclysmic upheavals, meteor/comet impacts, ice ages, pandemics, and yet here we are being threatened by our own hand….the good news in all this if any is to be found is that if we all go down scientists will “know” things.