Where is Science Taking Us?
by C.J. Cherryh
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We aren’t just an organism fitted to live. We’re an organism that survived
in specific conditions in which we’re sure we’re more efficient than our
rivals. We run if stressed, and immediately do certain things to assure our
life requirements. Getting water is the prime one. Avoiding predators. Getting
food. Getting shelter. We were good at that once upon a time. We were better at
it than all our competitors. When we looked for safety, once upon a time, we
picked spots where we could live and our competition couldn’t. It’s that
And when we look for safety again—who knows? Old choices, old instincts, old
methods still may work.
We reinvent the wheel again, and again, and again.
But when we start meddling with the basic model of us, when science begins
to look very much like magic—which way will we go? Will the ordinary populace
keep up with the changes and understand that it’s not magic? Or will those in
charge want them to know it isn’t?
Some think there’s a limit to the 10000 BC model. Some think we already
can’t educate a certain amount of the population to the technicalities that now
are bread and butter choices. A nation that chooses to educate its population
in science is a nation that voluntarily empowers its people to make choices and
effect changes. But what shipwrecks of policy and politics do we face when that
education fails in any single generation?
And what happens when a generation that doesn’t understand the choices is
the one that has to make them?
At what point do we have to transform ourselves as we transformed our
And if we do that—do we set deliberate limits for ourselves? Do we set some
things off limits? Do we make ourselves alike one another?
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