Our problems have gotten worse and they’re getting worse faster and faster because that’s the nature of exponential growth.
I think it would be really good if nonscientists learned enough so they could come out and make these arguments for the scientists.
Scientists are constantly worrying about whether they’re going to be taken seriously or not and whether they’re going to get tenure or not, and so forth. There’s something wonderful about the way that scientists are extremely cautious. And sometimes it’s frustrating to us nonscientists that they won’t just come out and say, this is what I believe, this matters, pay attention.
Half a percent of the universe is all we see - all the stars, the dust, the galaxies, everything - half a percent. So what’s the rest?
We’re going to have to learn how to cooperate on a much wider scale around the work than we’ve ever done before.