H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their Debate Whether Science Is Humanity’s Best Hope Continues Today

 

“In 2013, biologist Richard Dawkins justified confidence in science in these terms: “Science works. Planes fly. Cars drive. Computers compute. If you base medicine on science, you cure people. If you base the design of planes on science, they fly. It works….” On the other hand, Nobel laureate Peter Medawar famously argued that there are many important questions that science cannot answer, such as, “What is the purpose of life?” and “To what uses should scientific knowledge be put?”

“Confronting challenges such as climate change and feeding the 2 billion people who lack a reliable source of food, it might be natural to regard science as humanity’s only hope. But expecting from science what it cannot deliver is just as hazardous as failing to acknowledge its great potential.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/h-g-wells-vs-george-orwell-their-debate-whether-science-is-humanitys-best-hope-continues-today/

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