We must build paradigms of science itself. —Steven Rose and Hilary Rose—
Science itself is not to be feared. We fear what science is capable of—just as we fear what human beings are capable of, when they act on their violent feelings, without control or choice. Science is a powerful tool of the human mind,
when it is used with respect and tenderness for the unity of life.
It isn’t human relevance we need so much as relevance to this seamless unity. As our capacity for knowledge grows, we glimpse more clearly how interrelated all human efforts are with the great rhythmic processes of the planet. The paradigms of science are the models it makes of the world. When scientist make a model that ignores relevance,
they risk using their knowledge stupidly, or harmfully. We need to recognize that science is a part of our human endeavor—not more nor less than art or agriculture or raising children, but part of all of them(as they’re all part of science). We must remember how broad a definition of human relevance we need, when we contemplate the unbroken beauty of the world.
There is a choice in all activity; so I will prepare to choose well.