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Paradox of science - part of society very complex

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I feel that science is at a critical stage, and I think there's the following phenomenon. Clearly, scientific research is progressing and it becomes massive in certain aspects, and we go to details which are very very far removed from society. It's hardly possible to explain what people are doing. On the other hand, because of that increased detail, science becomes very effective. You can have personal medicine, you can have technology everywhere, in your body, it really becomes... You become immersed in science. So you get this kind of paradox that science is almost infinitely far away, yet very close-by. That creates a tension, I think. So I feel that science in some sense is really integrating with society in a certain way that we still not, I think, have a good way to cope with. We can't just say that science is something completely separate from society, because its impact is basically too large, and because it's getting this increased impact, I think science itself is changing and the relation of science to society is changing. I don't think we have yet found an equilibrium there. Perhaps new technologies can play a role in that, but I really feel that in some sense we are at a transition point where we have to cope with this fact that we are truly, I would say, a complete part of the processes in society.

Added on 10 Apr 2017

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