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Originally posted by Voxel
Lets make a Guild
What the human species needs is something of a "Scientists Guild" structured around the only method of retaining class power any human being has ever come up with: the secret society.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Science has failed humanity because human beings use the products of scientific research for the same purposes they use everything else?
More like humanity has failed science -- or rather, failed to show that it is mature enough to deal with the enormous power science has placed at its disposal.
And anyway your proposed solution is the secret society?
What a star you are.
That suggestion is enough to make me overcome my lifelong aversion to smileys and present you with two lines of those hideous grinning ones.
Originally posted by Direwolf
Science isn't failing humanity, humanity is failing humanity.
Scientists are human beings, same as you and me.
They need to work to make money to feed and clothe themselves and their offspring. To work, they have to take a job at some research lab. Some company or government owns that lab and dictates what type of work they are to do.
Then the owners take the result and either shelve it or package it as a product, be it an atomic weapon or deodorant. In the case of corporate labs, say Proctor and Gamble, they don't want their scientists spending lab time on saving the world, they want them developing a better smelling deodorant that they can sell to the sweaty masses. So to keep body and soul together your scientist puts his nose to the grindstone and pumps out dozens of different formulas of deodorant that some test group will sniff at until they decide that he has produced the correct fragrance. then he moves on to the next task assigned him.
At home he may work quietly on some project of his own, but without backing there is little funding, and little chance of success.
This is how the world works, and until a real benevolent multibillionaire appears to create the worlds first free science research facility, that is how it will continue to work.