John Steinbeck from The Winter of Our Discontent
I don't know why, but the religion/science question has heated up in my circle lately. Everything I've been reading has been coming back to the question. Even when I'm just trying to read a novel, there it is.
Today, I was thinking about what I was like when I was a teenager. Regrettably, I was one who knew it all. It wasn't until my early twenties that I was able to make decisions out of my vast knowledge and wisdom...and it wasn't until the last few years that some of these decisions have come home to roost. I wonder if science (I'm talking about the ideology/religion of science that pervades our culture) is in that early twenties phase. The knowledge has been met with resources and now it's on like Donkey Kong.
A list of scientific accomplishments whose conseqences are mostly unknown:
- Genetically coded plants who only respond to proprietary fertilizer and herbicide.
- Cell phones vs. brain health
- The long-term effects of an industrialized diet
- The internal combustion engine and its possible link to climate change