The Price of the Future

Historically, scientists and technologists have been given preference and priviledged in our conception to experience reality – as if the exact sciences overshadow the issues of existencialism. This understanding seems to have been transferred particularly from Christianity of past centuries and its respect to the dignity represented by the writings of the holy bible or Christian values – the good-deed makers are now scientists and technologists. In modern society, the broadly accepted doutrine for progress has been the exact sciences. Much for this reason, scientists and technologists need to better distinguish the value of what they are creating. (URBAN & GLENNY, 1971 pp. 124).

A further suggestion is that fairly well educated politicians serve to maintain a balance between interests of technologists and scientists (and I add economists) and the well being of the collective culture. This is where universities can represent an important role. (ibid. pp. 125)

 

REFERENCES

Urban & Glenny (coord.) O Preço do futuro. Título do original em língua inglesa: Can we survive our future? Radio Free Europe. London, 1971. Translated by Russo, A. Edição Melhoramentos.

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