Science and Literature Essay

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Science and Literature


Science can be an inspiration for literature. Normally we think of
science as one kind of human investigation and literature as another, and that the
two do not have anything in common, yet in science fiction we have the
bringing together of the these two disciplines, either from the perspective of
the literary imagination or that of the scientific mind, Fred Hoyle and
Michael Crichton, for example. Science examines the nature of the real world
and seeks by means of technology and hard logic to gain an understanding of
it; it works with evidence. Literature seeks for truth, which does not
necessarily lie in the real world around us but rather in our minds and
our imaginations; it works with
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We have alternative means of propelling our
engines, like hydrogen for instance, which could do the job without polluting
the air we breathe. So instead of blaming science and technology, we as
citizens within a society need first to be more educated in science to be able
to understand the causes of problems and we need to understand how to use
science to seek better alternatives like the above, and our leaders,
our politicians, need to understand this approach as well. The Andromeda
Strain illustrates this very well. For example, the scientists in the film
request that the President bomb the town infected by a virus from outer space,
but the President, through his representative, postpones the decision to
act in order to discuss with his cabinet the pro's and con's of taking
action. Not only does the representative deny an immediate response, in spite of
the scientists' insistence that there is great immediate danger, but he
does so with a sarcasm that reflects his lack of respect for the scientists.
This is a clear illustration of Bishop's point that "science today is
increasingly mistrusted and under attack" (237). For example, politicians, and
these politicians, through their ignorance of the scientific mind, will not
be supportive of the very scientists who can save them and the world.…