Incompatibles between Science-based Progress and Societal Values

By Sukhmander Singh.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Modern society enjoys all the comforts brought about by advances in science and technology. Yet over the years the trust, warmth, and cohesiveness from family level to society are on the decline. Because of the feverish pace of living, the degree of indifference among people is noteworthy. Multitasking, coupled with information overload, hardly leaves any time for reflection. An onslaught of catchy commercials made possible by progress in science are inflaming greed on one hand, and tearing society apart. The paper discusses the above issues and suggests how science and society can go hand in hand with the ethical and moral values of humans in society.

Keywords: Societal Values, Science-based Progress, Decline

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 740.879KB).

Dr. Sukhmander Singh

Nicholson Family Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, USA

Dr. Sukhmander Singh is a Nicholson Family Professor of civil engineering at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He studied at Punjabi University (India), IIT Delhi, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He has 11 years of industry experience and 25 years of teaching at Santa Clara University, of which he served as the department head for 15 years. His area of expertise is in geotechnical engineering and he has 80 publications, of which the recent focus has been on the relevance of science and technology-enhanced tools in education in engineering and for humanity in general. He has also written on sustainable development.