Has science become a kitsch 60's sci-fi parody of itself?
Quantum black holes, clones, "laser beams", super weapons, time travel, super villains, bilocation, you name it science is coming up with it.
That's science, its not one dimensional and is constantly expanding its horizon. Atleast better than telling a cock and bull story and expecting everybody to fall in line!
Parody itself is cheap and demeaning mostly, irrespective of how good or bad the movie was.
Besides cloning, super weapons are already realities that are fast evolving and more will follow soon.
With lasers, cloning of animals at least, genetic engineering, I would say it is reality catching up with the science fiction vision, not "parody".
The use of social science studies to justify various political positions with badly designed studies, biased questions, cherry picking answers (myth of the 97% climate consensus, for example) IS a parody of science.
The use of climate science studies to justify totalitarian socialist control of everything from dietary options to where people live to freedom of speech IS a parody, though it is similar to Lysenkoism in Soviet Russia. Animals and plants do what is best for all because life is naturally communist, if you talk about Medel's genetics, off to the death camps with you!
Communists also abused the social sciences, so if you didn't agree that you lived in a total paradise, you could be diagnosed with "sluggish schizophrenia", drugged, tortured, detained for years. This is the fear many conservatives have with liberals constantly labeling conservatives as irrational bigots, phobic, crazy - because once an entire political opinion is endorsed as insane, of course the state can round people up for institutions or take away children and rights because crazy people shouldn't be allowed to have either.
Another good answer to even an irreverent question.
Maybe scientists are trying to glamorise science or make it sexy or "hip". The nerd concept might be changing into an alpha male image perhaps.
Science fiction art of the 1950s and 1960s launched many engineering and scientific careers, as did optimism for the future. Whether a space race or scientists saving the world, that would spark many to enter those careers.
That's probably because a lot of people who gravitated to the science field were inspired by the sci-fi films of their youth.
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