Science in­ter­est

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

No men­tion was made in “U.S. stu­dents not showin­ge­nough­in­ter­estin­science,tech­nol­ogy” (Nov. 20 edi­tion) con­cern­ing the space fron­tier and how it has been kept from the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion­forthe­last­n­ear­ly­half­cen­tury.Space­has been the elite prov­ince of an elite few (in­dis­tin­guish­able­fromze­roac­cess­with­re­gard­tothere be­ing six to seven bil­lion of the rest of us) for so long. The uni­verse has been made a to­tal au­thor­i­tar­ian state prov­ince by the state over us. A great wall has been ar­ti­fi­cially put up sep­a­rat­ingth­eresto­fus­fro­mac­cesstothe­uni­verse, thus sep­a­rat­ing the rest of us from any sense of need or want for strength in the sci­ences. Civ­i­liza­tion, learn­ing, will to greater things, in­evitably de­clines and falls af­ter too long en­clo­sures within great walls.

By a third gen­er­a­tion still be­ing monotonous­lypromised“to­mor­row,”or“some­day­when time­sare­bet­ter,”ratherthan“to­day,”what­fron­tiers have not been ex­panded, not been growth fron­tiers, fer­tile, vig­or­ous, vi­tal and alive, are dead or on the verge of death? There is a thing called “ther­mo­dy­nam­ics,” and a thing called “en­tropy.” They ap­ply. If you don’t ex­pand it, grow it, broaden it, deepen it, re­ally use it hard, you lose it all. G. L. Brad­ford Jr. Louisville, Ken­tucky

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