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C.J. Cherryh
- Where is Science Taking Us?

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- Hammerfall

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- Hammerfall

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 simple.

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 information storage?

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?

Or not?

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