Our “combustible mixture of ignorance and power”

“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements… profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

– Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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