Re: How has science shaped humanity?
Science and the technology derived from it has shaped every aspect of lifestyles and culture and continues to do so. Everyday things like our buildings, clothing, food and jobs all combine many discoveries and inventions old and new. This has happened because our human problem solving abilities have found an outlet in 'science' and our cultures have preserved the discoveries of one generation for the next.
Science has also enriched our intellectual lives, helping us understand ourselves and the world around us, and constantly provides new topics for creative thought.
Yet, how "scientific" advances affect us ultimately depends on how they are used. Humans have isolated studied pathogens to cure disease but also created bio-weapons. Seeking pest-free productive crops we poison our rivers. We may blame 'science' but we all need to act more responsibly, since scientists can rarely foresee, yet alone prevent, all potential adverse uses of their discoveries.
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