What most people get wrong about science (Synopsis)

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” –Thomas Jefferson

If you could magically make the world a better place, what is it that you’d get rid of?

Image credit: Starving Ibos in Biafra (Nigeria) — 1967/8, via http://www.kingsacademy.com/mhodges/03_The-World-since-1900/11_The-Bewildering-60s/11i_The-Emergence-of-a-'Third-World'.htm.
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The list is long, and the path there is uncertain. Yet if we look back and how much better our lives are today than they were hundreds or (especially) thousands of years ago, it’s clear that we owe an awful lot to science and technology. How are we likely to move forward in the future?

Image credit: Global Giving of a village in Bangladesh, via http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/supply-safe-drinking-water-to-bangladesh-villagers/.
Image credit: Global Giving of a village in Bangladesh, via http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/supply-safe-drinking-water-to-bangladesh-villagers/.

Science and science-based technology, of course, but there’s a caveat: our ideologies get in the way. Don’t let it happen to you!