Re: What is the social impact of science?

I think a huge fraction of . . . And this is not a political scientist speaking, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. But from my biased viewpoint, a lot of the political problems have to do with the “haves” and the “haves not”. And we have seen many examples of the rising tide floating all the boats where there’s more people in the middle class then there ever was in the past history. So if that trend can continue, then there will be fewer people who feel like they represent an underprivileged class. Now there still are cultural differences that even though two different wealthy people could have major cultural differences of opinion, but perhaps those will be mitigated by having . . . by some embracement of diversity. We’ll just have to see. It certainly will change. The technology will change the way that people interact politically, but it’s very hard to predict exactly that dynamic. Recorded on: 7/6/07

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