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Even if science is hellish on the scientists, isn’t it important for society?

Perhaps. But likely not. Science merely offers power — the use of that power for good or evil is out of the hands of scientists.

And as it stands, we have the power to … cure malaria or end world hunger. In a final sense, we simply choose not to. Becoming a scientist will not give you control over how your technology is used. [I]f anything, it is an abdication from [that] responsibility.

Just ask Oppenheimer.

Keith Yost

(Source: tech.mit.edu)




You think you want to be a scientist or an engineer. But be realistic — what do you, a teenager, know of science and engineering?


You … applied to [MIT], not out of any sophisticated understanding of the choices you are making, but because society … sold you a … brand. … You crave … respect and admiration…. You see the status that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have achieved, and hope that a career in technology will be your salvation. But you will find none here.

Keith Yost

(Source: tech.mit.edu)