Originally Posted by CAHOP240
That's a very short-sighted view on things.
You do realize that NASA, in the pursuit of space exploration, helped fuel a lot of the ideas that drove the technology revolution?
The miniaturization of electronics came from NASA because they needed to save room on their rockets. That's why computers started to become smaller and smaller. Now you have cell phones that are more powerful than the computers on the first space missions.
The type of fuel used in helicopters and tanks of today can be traced back to the fuel they used in early rocket ships.
Nuclear energy is a product from a study in physics and astronomy, not chemists.
And let's say they DO crack the riddle of faster than light travel, you don't think something like that would be useful here on earth?
Scientists need something to strive for and to reach for to make progress in their fields. There is also great potential in the cross-pollination of information from different disciplines in the scientific community. I say these scientists should continue to push the boundaries of their frontier and lets see what they come up with.
Indeed. Let us not forget however...
"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster then society gathers wisdom."
How we are currently using some of this gained knowledge is not comforting. The statements made are therefore perfectly valid given our actions. Is it possible we will learn something that would instill in us wisdom? Yes. Is it also possible we will learn something that can enable our destruction, we already have | and we almost did..... :|
Ergo, their "short-sighted" views stand to scrutiny. You don't want to give a chainsaw to a 4 year old....
How many scientist are politicians BTW? Anybody know?