Monday, August 20, 2007

Science: Exciting and Unnerving

Scientists believe they will be able to create new, artificial life within 10 years. This is just one of the countless pieces of evidence that we are probably on the verge of an entire new era in our understanding of our world. Kind of like the golden age of physics, only involving our very substance. I think that is terribly exciting.

On the other hand it is hard not be at least a little unsettled by statements like this:

“We’re talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental ways — in fact, in ways that are impossible to predict.”

The author of that statement meant to capture the wonder, and he did. He also captured that feeling that disaster could lurk around the corner. This is what happens when you watch too many sci-fi movies.

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