EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Watson-Watt, Sir Robert
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Perceptions of scientists by citizens, and citizens by scientists. The role and importance of the politician. The distrust between citizen and scientist, and the need to remove it. Measures to cure this distrust. The need to persuade the scientist to explain himself to his fellow citizens. Remarks on the relationship of the scientist to the rest of the world. Three effective incentives to human action. An examination of how far the scientist is moved by these incentives (creed, greed, and dread). The scientist's greed for knowing things, which is also his creed. The importance to the scientist of measuring and classifying. Passions and beliefs of the scientist. The scientist also to some degree as artist or poet. A look at the suspicion which the ordinary citizen feels about the scientist, based on two extremes. The "ivory tower" state of mind of some scientists and the worry this causes the ordinary citizen. Another fear of the ordinary citizen of scientists who have left the ivory tower and demand to be brought into the forum and into the plant. The speaker's belief that the path for the scientist in the community is the middle path, and what that means. The need for the scientist to recognize his own queerness in youth and queer education. What science has done for the world. Some comments on the release of energy from the atomic nucleus as the very highest triumph that the human intellect has yet achieved. The issue of responsibility of the scientist for atomic destruction. Choices about use of scientific discoveries that of the politician and of the ordinary citizen. The duty of the scientist to explain to the ordinary citizen, where the continuing acceleration in the pace of science is likely to lead us in the availability of knowledge. Payment for the application and for the mis-application of scientific products. The long-term prescription of education and re-education. Bringing into the scientist's education a larger proportion of the other humanities, outside the natural sciences. Making the best and not the worst of the almost unlimited potentialities of science.