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  •  Science is simply a process. (8+ / 0-)

    Nature has it's way of saying "I'm better than mere humans and their tinkering".

    It's not just you who thinks "we'll be saved by science". We have all thought so.

    Look at antibiotics, for example.

    Almost be accident, mankind has learned how to control the world of microbiology. Nature had always provided a mechanism to limit microbes, but it took humans to exploit that mechanism to create drugs that would modify how cells replicate and function. Too fast to adopt these antibiotics, we see Nature laughing at us, by way of Darwin's basic theory. The result? Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA.

    MRSA is potentially just the beginning of the cream that has turned brown and rancid.

    "If you want to go quickly, go alone.
    If you want to go far, go together.
    We have to go far, quickly."

    by shpilk on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 07:06:12 PM PST

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    •  Science can't help us (8+ / 0-)

      if we ignore it. It is more than a process. There is a huge body of knowledge that provides support for sound decision making, but our politicians aren't making use of that knowledge on a wide range of key issues.

      The Republican war on science is nothing less than an attack on America's future and the health of the planet.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 07:13:36 PM PST

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      •  Humans have selectively ignored science when it (6+ / 0-)

        interferes with motives of profit or political agenda, since science was 'discovered' thousands of years ago.

        History is replete with tragedies directly related to the misuse of one scientific or technological advance being put forth at the expense of common sense or simple morality.

        Science is simply a process to find truth.

        I submit that science has been used improperly, that rather than ignoring it, humans keep finding ways to selectively apply narrow bands of scientific truth to further some bias or agenda held in decision maker's hands.

        "If you want to go quickly, go alone.
        If you want to go far, go together.
        We have to go far, quickly."

        by shpilk on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 07:27:51 PM PST

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    •  I think there were people concerned about (1+ / 0-)
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      resistance all along, and warnings about caution in overdoing it with the antibiotics.  See for example
      this link, and scroll down to the discussion of MRSA in this wikipedia page, where it is noted that the penicillin resistance was already noted in 1947 for staph.  

      My point here is that while the resistance development was forseeable (although at that time it is interesting to note that evolution was known but NOT DNA, and the rapidity of bacterial evolution is almost surely driven by community exchange of nuclei acid fragments, which was not forseen at the time) but that there were also forces of a desire to care for people and economic forces (desires to sell the drugs) which came into play as well.  In my own self-critiquing of science this is often something I think of, but it is true that the story is somewhat more complex than merely blind headlong scientific ignorance and rushing ahead.  It is typically promethean, which as the myth would note, is typically human, and imbued with a rich range of impetus and motive.  

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