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    Science and all its creations benefited humanity in so many ways during the last 3 centuries.

    The discovery of the benefits and variety of uses for fossil fuels saved the whales and also made life easer, safer and more pleasant for humanity and doubled the life span of our kind but these blessings came at a high price because the heat from these fossil fuels began accumulating in the atmosphere and heating up the earth and oceans to the point today all life on earth is threatened but science has begun creating new products like solar panels, wind turbines and water power to deal with the problem of over heating.

    Plastics and toxic chemicals proved to be only a temporary blessing because plastics are not biodegradable so the planet has become overwhelmed with mountains and islands of plastic in the sea that is killing marine life all over the planet and the answer to this horrific tragedy is simple produce products that are biodegradable..

    Toxic chemicals like Roundup are killing the bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators and are also poisoning our food, water and soil and shredding the web of life so the people of the earth are now choosing organic approaches to this deadly problem.

    Science also gave us the blessings of immunation to prevent childhood diseases and prevent other deadly health problems so fewer children died and people lived longer but the people of earth refused to control their birth rates and today 8 billion people live on our finite overheating, overpopulated planet with diminishing resources which can only result in chaos in human affairs.

    The question is; "In the future will science prove to be a blessing or a curse for future generations?"

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    Connie, the simple answer is: Who "profits from it" Thus you are either inclined to want an "clean" planet" or only want an temporary enrichment via "money" that is the choice. The way this country goes about it, sorry but it won't last.
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    Blessing or curse is the choice between planning or plutocratic guidance . So far the USA shows more reverence to money than life.
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    It would appear that, so far in our history, the human drive for wealth, power and prestige has almost completely overcome human desire to manage our environment, for the common good.

    And, as pollution, in all its forms build up; And ecosystems break down; As pollinators become extinct and vast livestock and agricultural mono-cultures become the rule, we are approaching a point of no return after which human extinction is a very real possibility. An end-game is likely to devolve into Nuclear/Chemical/Biological war over dwindling resources, hastening the end.

    Over 99% of all species that ever lived have become extinct. We are hardly exempt.

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    Yes you are looking ahead; indeed our own pollution may catch up with us . Ever met someone who is not taking pills or uses weed control? The health "industry" is indeed an "industry' which is there for the money as any other industry. We've polluted our own environment; the oceans are full of plastic etc. So if we continue on this path, then indeed humanity may disappear, but nothing in the universe cares, it just carry's on as nothing has happened. The universe does not need humans to sustain itself. Amen
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    progressiveconnie Wrote:

    Science and all its creations benefited humanity in so many ways during the last 3 centuries.

    The discovery of the benefits and variety of uses for fossil fuels saved the whales and also made life easer, safer and more pleasant for humanity and doubled the life span of our kind but these blessings came at a high price because the heat from these fossil fuels began accumulating in the atmosphere and heating up the earth and oceans to the point today all life on earth is threatened but science has begun creating new products like solar panels, wind turbines and water power to deal with the problem of over heating.

    Plastics and toxic chemicals proved to be only a temporary blessing because plastics are not biodegradable so the planet has become overwhelmed with mountains and islands of plastic in the sea that is killing marine life all over the planet and the answer to this horrific tragedy is simple produce products that are biodegradable..

    Toxic chemicals like Roundup are killing the bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators and are also poisoning our food, water and soil and shredding the web of life so the people of the earth are now choosing organic approaches to this deadly problem.

    Science also gave us the blessings of immunation to prevent childhood diseases and prevent other deadly health problems so fewer children died and people lived longer but the people of earth refused to control their birth rates and today 8 billion people live on our finite overheating, overpopulated planet with diminishing resources which can only result in chaos in human affairs.

    The question is; "In the future will science prove to be a blessing or a curse for future generations?"

    The answer to your question is “yes”. Humans, at least human societies as currently constructed do not live in awareness of connectivity nor in acknowledging the law of unintended consequences. This can be seen everywhere. Some countries do better than others but overall the grade is failing. Far too much is made of technology and power welders claiming that they can save the world. At the same time those power wielded do not want to change the system that has caused and exacerbated the problems as though more of the same will solve everything.

    I give the system 50-100 years before collapse of the nation-state.

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    Yes lonely; the 50-100 years may indeed about it. Especially in countries like this, where the environment is not an real priority (Trump just about cut all the preventive measures Obama installed) thus my feeling is that this country and some other S.American countries will be the first to go under in chaos. We've got examples enough like Venezuela, but still think we are number one. Yes number one in stupidity and ignorance. The future will tell the tale.