How Science Enriches our Lives

The most obvious is the exhilarating achievement of scientific knowledge itself. We can say much about the history of the universe, the forces that make it tick, the stuff we’re made of, the origin of living things, and the machinery of life, including our own mental life. Better still, this understanding consists not in a mere listing of facts, but in deep and elegant principles, like the insight that life depends on a molecule that carries information, directs metabolism, and replicates itself.

Science has also provided the world with images of sublime beauty: stroboscopically frozen motion, exotic organisms, distant galaxies and outer planets, fluorescing neural circuitry, and a luminous planet Earth rising above the moon’s horizon into the blackness of space. Like great works of art, these are not just pretty pictures but prods to contemplation, which deepen our understanding of what it means to be human and of our place in nature.

And contrary to the widespread canard that technology has created a dystopia of deprivation and violence, every global measure of human flourishing is on the rise. The numbers show that after millennia of near-universal poverty, a steadily growing proportion of humanity is surviving the first year of life, going to school, voting in democracies, living in peace, communicating on cell phones, enjoying small luxuries, and surviving to old age. The Green Revolution in agronomy alone saved a billion people from starvation. And if you want examples of true moral greatness, go to Wikipedia and look up the entries for “smallpox” and “rinderpest” (cattle plague). The definitions are in the past tense, indicating that human ingenuity has eradicated two of the cruelest causes of suffering in the history of our kind.


The creation of knowledge and improving our quality of life.

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 Science Is Not Your Enemy An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Pinker, Steven (August 6, 2013), Science Is Not Your Enemy An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians, New Republic, Retrieved on 2013-12-10
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  • Folksonomies: science culture two cultures humanities


    29 JAN 2013

     The Two Cultures

    Memes concerning science and art, how they approach reality, how they are different, and how they are similar.
    Folksonomies: science art two cultures
    Folksonomies: science art two cultures