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Swine flu has been “considerably less lethal than feared,” says Donaldson

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Science vs. Technology

Many people equate science with technology. This is unfortunate, because the
two are not the same. Science is a pure pursuit of knowledge with no agenda,
while technology is applied science with a political and/or commercial agenda.
Therefore, science should lead technology, and not the reverse. Sadly, we live
in
a world in which technology leads science. This is why politics and commerce
are so prominent, but scientific discoveries are so rare. We need a new
scientific
revolution, in which pure science exists for its own sake, and not for the sake
of
politics and commerce.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 January 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA