The Human and International Dimensions of Science: View of the Possible
Author: Malone, Thomas F.
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 17, Number 2, June 1992 , pp. 137-141(5)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The present century has been one of unrestrained growth of science and technology with its untold benefits to humanity. The impact of this growth has, however, raised grave environmental issues and has led to a devastating difference between the rich and poor all over the world, on a scale never known before. The three possible options are discussed: the end of world civilisation through nuclear war; an increase of inequality by exceeding the carrying capacity of the Earth; and an attractive future through the use of our creativity and imagination. To achieve the third option, a fundamental reorientation is needed. The initiatives for a global change are outlined and the confluence of science, technology and society is stressed. If these efforts succeed, the miracle decade of the 1990s could lead to a marvellous, exciting and beautiful human prospect in the third millennium.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Distinguished University Scholar, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Publication date: 1992-06-01