• Question: Hi our name is Harleyne and seline and we would like to ask you about the future of scientists and if there are any discoveries that could be discovered or could chance the Earth?

    Asked by anon-335322 on 9 Oct 2022.
    • Photo: Mike Heyns

      Mike Heyns answered on 9 Oct 2022:

      There is still so much to discover and explore – the adage that the more you know, the more you know you don’t know holds true. To keep pushing these boundaries, we will continue to need scientists and engineers, but also the social sciences and interdisciplinary approaches. In terms of discoveries that will change the world – most definitely. Nuclear fission is just such an example that may be within reach, it would absolutely revolutionise the way we generate energy.

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      Emma Barrett answered on 11 Oct 2022:

      Like Mike said, there is still so much to discover, from the workings of the brain, to the depths of the oceans, to the wonders of outer space. Humans are naturally curious about unknown things, and scientists are professional curious humans, and so we’ll always have scientists.

      Unfortunately there are already discoveries that chance the Earth – for example. nuclear power, plastic, toxic chemicals etc can all be used for benefit but also for harm. What Mike said about the social sciences being important is so true, and involving psychologists and sociologists and even philosophers will help to keep us focused on using scientific discovery for the good of people.