Is science our saviour or our destroyer?

By Hope
@1hopefulman (32486)
Canada
December 21, 2016 1:07pm CST
I was doing some research on science and came across this shocking statistic. Imagine something that kills 3,287 people per day and injures 20 times or more that number every single day? What do you think it is? Yes, the automobile! What is a side-effect of science? Pollution! Is science the great saviour many tout it to be? https://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
Parts of China are currently covered in a very thick layer of smog which is six times higher than the recommend safe air pollution limit.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
21 Dec 16
I think science as such is neutral. It's human beings who use it in a positive or negative way. As someone who's had several serious operations, I'm very glad about the progress of medical science.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
You are right! Science itself is not the problem. It's just that we have created so much that can be misused. And we have so many dangerous people in this world that will use anything for their evil ends as we see in the news these days. Many countries now have nuclear weapons and only God knows what the they might do in the future. We also have created plastics and their abuse is causing so much harm to the environment.
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
@1hopefulman and what are we going to do when we can throw everything in the trash? In ancient times u brought your containers to the market and weighed your goods. Look at all that packaging! In the landfills!
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• Boone, North Carolina
21 Dec 16
what about electric cars? pollution is reduced. Besides - shouldn't we support science if it lowers or eliminates energy pollution?
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
Yes, I think electric cars are way better but the world has been real slow to make them affordable and so that they would replace gasoline burning cars. Did you see the video of China? It is horrible. I would never want to live there.
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• Boone, North Carolina
22 Dec 16
@1hopefulman yes - there are serious pollution problems in much of Asia. And speaking of pollution - Japan is still leaking nuclear waste... if we don't look we don't have to see it nor clean it... :(
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
@SunnyShores Air pollution and water pollution will eventually affect all of us. It is a world problem and we can all do our little part to lessen the problem.
@topffer (36106)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
21 Dec 16
You are speaking of side effects, and science can also solve or try to solve side effects : we would have probably more people killed on the roads if science had not invented seat belts. China is doing a lot of efforts to limit pollution : they have an original tree planting politics and are modernizing their coal-fired power plants. Reducing CO2 needs to involve all countries on this planet, and there are only 2 countries in the world not following the Kyoto protocol actually : Canada and USA. I am afraid that the pollution in the USA will increase if Donald Trump continues to deny that there is no global warming. Do you know that pollution kills more people than car accidents ?
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
I have no doubt that science can be useful and helpful. I love science. It was one of my favourite subjects in school. However, the application or misapplication of science is what is causing much destruction. I found this: "The World Health Organization estimates that 4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution. Many of these mortalities are attributable to indoor air pollution."
Air pollution is a broad term applied to any chemical, physical (particulate matter), or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere. The atmosphere is a complex, dynamic natural gaseous system that is essential to support
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
@1hopefulman yes, there's good science, bad science, and weird science!
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
27 Jan
@db20747 Yes, there is "good science, bad science, and weird science."
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
Application of science not science itself? The world could do better but can't go back. It needs to look for better solutions. The grey cloud around China is only getting worse not better I think.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
You have hit the nail right on the head. Yes, application of science is not science itself. There is nothing wrong with science. I think we already have the solutions to most of our problems. It is the good will to apply them that is the problem. Pollution is a global problem. It needs a global solution. But mankind lacks direction and cooperation and unity of purpose. "The World Health Organization estimates that 4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution. Many of these mortalities are attributable to indoor air pollution."
Air pollution is a broad term applied to any chemical, physical (particulate matter), or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere. The atmosphere is a complex, dynamic natural gaseous system that is essential to support
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
@1hopefulman I like your posts and can't help think in the back of your mind you think of solutions that contain some kind of world organization. The question is what will happen? As you said there is a need for direction and cooperation that's all and then perhaps science can work to the good of everyone.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
@Bluedoll In think we need to become one world. We cannot remain fragmented and survive. We all have to look out for one another and make sure no one is hungry, no one is poor, no one hurts another person. We have to put every one to work, ect, ect, ect. The earth has enough for everyone, if we cooperate!
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@LadyDuck (176505)
• Switzerland
22 Dec 16
I know, automobiles kill, but they are building bigger and bigger cars, SUV, Vans that nobody really needs and they pollute ten time more than a small old car. It's a shame.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
We are not wisely using the automobile and that is very sad. If we would all be safety conscious a small car is all we would need. These days, in the big cities, driving an automobile is no longer the pleasure it was when I was young. It is two years that I no longer own an automobile and am learning to get things done by using public transportation and walking and cycling when the weather permits.
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@LadyDuck (176505)
• Switzerland
23 Dec 16
@1hopefulman We have a small car, we are in the middle of nowhere, so we use the car mainly to go out shopping for our grocery. There is no reason to have a big car, the roads are narrow here.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
@LadyDuck You are using the car responsibly and if all car owners did that it would make a positive impact on our quality of life. I am not against cars. There is a need for cars. But many people should not be allowed to own one judging by the way they drive.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Dec 16
Science has its moments. Cars weren't one of them when it comes to the pollution they cause.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
I think that the oil industry has kept progress towards less-polluting engines from moving forward as quickly as it could have. There are always some interest groups that slow-down progress that would benefit everybody. Pollution is everybody's business as we all need to breathe.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Dec 16
@1hopefulman Yes we do.
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
@1hopefulman the solar car would cost billions of dollars in lost revenue.
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@kepweng (18623)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
4 Dec
who made the Climate change??
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
4 Dec
Mankind is making the climate change by our automobiles and cutting down the trees and so on.
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
@1hopefulman climate change is real. We are throwing off the equilibrium.
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• Philippines
21 Dec 16
That's what happens if they prefer money over the environment. You don't need science to realize what they're doing to their country. You need science to prevent situations like this.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
24 Dec 16
I think, we already have the science but we lack the wisdom and the love necessary to apply science correctly. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” (Isaac Asimov) “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” (Albert Einstein)
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• Philippines
24 Dec 16
@1hopefulman Specially if too much politics is in the way. I agree, we just lack the wisdom, and when we do, it's probably a bit too late.
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
Science has the ability to improve our lives, and make things easier. So easy that it can be destructive. The challenge is not being a victim of our own science. Seeing its negative effects and correcting them.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
27 Jan
Yes, science, like a knife, is only good if we use it wisely. If we misuse it, we hurt others as well as ourselves.
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@db20747 (9379)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Jan
@1hopefulman Yes, for example chain saws can cut down trees in a matter of minutes, makes work easier, but now we cut down too many trees. That is a good point. It's now misused.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
28 Jan
@db20747 True! We need to plant many trees. My daughter volunteers each year to plant trees.
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@Destesh (203)
• Kenya
4 Dec
To me science is a great saviour. I mean imagine where or how we would be right now without it??? These accidents are due to negligence and ignorance
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
4 Dec
We have invented many wonderful things. Sadly some of them we are using for destructive purposes.
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@Destesh (203)
• Kenya
4 Dec
@1hopefulman but you can't deny that a big percentage has been beneficial
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
4 Dec
@Destesh ???????? I think the jury is still out on that. I remember when I was young and we had very little science and I was very happy. I remember sleeping in the field at night under the stars and it was so peaceful. I remember running on anything without shoes. I remember climbing trees to get the fruits of nature. Maybe we don't need too much of it. Maybe it has become a monster that would destroy us.
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@SIMPLYD (83124)
• Philippines
22 Dec 16
I think with the emergence of e-jeeps and e-cars there will be lesser pollution anymore .
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
It should help!
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@SIMPLYD (83124)
• Philippines
23 Dec 16
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
23 Dec 16
Who has gone on a horse drawn buggy ride and had the thing fart?
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@buenavida (8204)
• Sweden
24 Dec 16
Not until we humans can use the science responsibly, without harming ourselves and the planet Earth, will we get the benefits from science. We need to learn to love each other, just as our Creator teaches us.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
24 Dec 16
You are very wise! Unfortunately, the day that Adam and Eve abandoned divine knowledge for satanic knowledge, is the day we lost the ability to use science, or anything else that Jehovah has hidden in the universe for us to discover, wisely. As it stands, until Jehovah God takes a direct hand in matters, we will not find the solutions we desperately need and even if we find them, our lack of unity, greed, pride, selfishness and foolishness would destroy all life on planet earth. At the bottom of the glass, God waits to see our individual heart condition in response to the universal drama that is taking place and in which we are all participants. 1 Corinthians 1:19, 20 (New World Translation) 19 For it is written: “I will make the wisdom of the wise men perish, and the intelligence of the intellectuals I will reject.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this system of things? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
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@jstory07 (69923)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Dec 16
Yes science will kill a lot of people. But science will also save a lot of lives.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
21 Dec 16
As someone pointed out, the problem is no science. The problem is mankind. Some of us are out of control and creating messes, misusing science and everything else to the harm of many. However, if we continue to misuse science, as we are doing, what will the future look like?
@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
21 Dec 16
I do believe science in the hands of those who are bent on destruction could lead to the end of the world as we know it. I also think technology could also destroy this world of ours with a push of a button or two, eventually.
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@1hopefulman (32486)
• Canada
22 Dec 16
I'm afraid that we are heading that way. Technology and science are both good but they can also be used for evil ends in the wrong hands. We have a lot of unstable people in this world. God help us!
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