Our Troubled Science: Why We Are Descending into Dark Ages

There is a growing sense of unease among the scientists caused by the growing support of the general public for the various forms of fundamentalism, creationism, and the increasing power of religions generally. Why should a religion–something not founded on reason–have any attraction to anyone at all? The answer could, perhaps, be that science is not as useful to humanity as it could and should be.

Why should our science fail us? The main reason could be that for the ordinary people whatever solace a religion can provide is easier obtainable than what science have to offer. What science can offer might be brilliant, but knowledge is increasingly becoming a commodity, and the proceeds of scientific knowledge increasingly inaccessible to ordinary mortals.

While most people in the world live in substandard conditions, scientists, with perhaps some exceptions, spend their energy on projects that, to most humanity, must seem trivial. Should science regain any useful standing in the society, scientists would have to curtail doing whatever it is that they are busy with at the moment and seriously use their knowledge to address the most pressing problems that we, as the whole global society, are experiencing. And not only superficially, but they would have to strive for fundamental cures, such that would do away with the problems that have been with humanity for almost forever, but that don’t have to exist at all–wars, poverty, humans devastating the Earth.

To put it in other words: the more scientific knowledge knowledge there is, the less problems in the world there should be–but this is not the case, clearly.

Unless the scientists start actively cooperating together on solving humankind’s and the Earth’s dire problems soon, there is the danger of science becoming a property of the Earth’s powerful exclusively, with the vast majority of humans not caring whether they live on a flat, or a round Earth, but rather interested more in living a better quality of life, something that science cannot really provide to a majority of them (as science could and should be doing); something that religions seem to be able to, at least, promise to provide.

A related article: An Appeal to Academia.-



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