Over the past century science has proven itself again and again as an invaluable source toward the improvement of our way of life. Who can argue that by creating a more reliable way of generating high voltage sparks we are not better off with the invention of the automobile? In the 1940's, when computers evolved from major advances in electronics and mathematics, can anyone truthfully say we would be better off without them? Medications are now available that can reduce our cholesterol, lower our blood pressure, decrease the chance of heart attacks and strokes, and overall, help us live longer and healthier lives. By contrast, automobiles are now produced in factories that spew carbon dioxide and hundreds of other substances into the air that are slowly altering our entire atmosphere. This could lead to global warming and perhaps permanently affect the world climate. Scientists have also used results of their research to manufacture substances that have no other purpose but to cause destruction by the creation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Humans have valid reasons for their uneasy feelings regarding the scientific community, question their results and even challenge their findings but do not lose faith in the world of science and its enormous potential. Put the blame where it belongs, on the individuals and industries that misuse scientific results and findings for their own benefit regardless of the consequences.
I live twenty-five miles north of New York City. A major discussion throughout my junior high and high school years was about the plans to create a super highway along the West Side of Manhattan from the George Washington Bridge to Battery Park City, an argument that started back in the early 1970's. The three lane Henry Hudson Parkway which parallels the Hudson River ended at Fifty-Sixth Street,