In What Direction is Science Headed?
During the early to mid 1800s, science was the playground of the rich. And the playground of those who, otherwise, did not need to pursue secular work. Two examples of this were,
- Sir Humphry Davy, the discoverer of many of the elements of the Periodic Table. MONEY!
- Gregor Mendel, who uncovered much on heredity, growing his peas at the Monastery.
Some scientists made great discoveries on their own. Although that occasionally still happens, it is much more common for teams working on the same project (even if one or two get primary credit). Sometimes it is company research that produces results, and the company gets the patent.
Well, today, some scientists have chosen a different path. Whether or not they have money. They've chosen the path of Fame. The path of being considered a Celebrity. And quite often their fields of science make it easy to make claims without actually having to prove what they come up with.
Can you think of any scientific fields that would be much easier to pursue without having to prove, than the world of the atomic physics or of astronomy?
They direct much of what they say to the Public. They give talks that impress, that cause Oh's and Ah's. Even if the audience doesn't have a clue about what is being said. Or, if they do, they are willing to overlook suppositions and possibles.
Science, at least in part, is headed in the w-r-o-n-g direction.
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