Prepare to be shocked…
Despite my love for learning about God’s creation through science sources, I would rather not be a bona fide “scientist” who actually discovers new facts (except perhaps in one field, toward the end). To demonstrate this opinion, I will share some examples from different natural sciences.
Biology as we now know it depends on two major forces: evolution (which, of course, IMHO, is nonsense), and the molecular processes of the cell, especially involving the genetic code of organisms. Now that we have the whole human genome, we (as humans ourselves) claim we have the rights to it (when really, only God does). There are plenty of molecular biological methods that we now use to tamper with nature.
If scientists, doctors, and other relevant professionals aim to cure serious illnesses (e.g., cancer), everyone will want that cure. Next heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, TB, and every other serious and potentially fatal condition will be history. Yet mortality still reigns, as people can be murdered, commit suicide, die from accidents, or just outright natural causes. They need to face the fact we will always be mortal and move on.
If you browse through popular scientific publications like Scientific American, Discover, or Popular Science, there are deceptively noble applications of the biosciences. One proposed endeavor is growing an eye in the lab. While they may have good intentions, the source of this is embryonic stem cells, which in my opinion, is wrong. If the cells came from adults, feel free, but just leave our babies alone. (But that’s religiously-based politics, so let’s not go there.)
Besides medicine, other biotechnological endeavors have their own problems. Scientists are trying to help provide better crops for citizens of third-world countries. This sounds noble, since many are children who may not survive to adulthood or even adolescence. But since it involves genetic tampering with crops, could it be at the same time “playing God?” Apparently they’ve been suffering from starvation for centuries, so this is nothing new.
There are coutnless other applications, but space does not permit them. I will mention, however, “pure” (aka “basic,” no matter how complicated it gets) biological research, that is, just discovering new things, which is often just “bait” for the applied researchers. Ironically, this is the stuff I primarily enjoy in the sciences.
Classical physics, i.e, as with Newton, etc., is pretty much settled, so there is no question about that. But then there’s the more modern branches, like nuclear, quantum, and particle physics, as well as the very over-the-top “string theory,” They may be good topics to study as is, but actual physicists must be wary about applications. Much of the matter (no pun intended) has provided us the A-bomb and H-bomb that we dropped on Japan, bitter modern-day suspicions with Iran, North Korea, etc., and sadly, increase in secularism.
Geologic literature, first and foremost, holds to an old earth, which must undergo personal “checks and balances” if it is to be adapted to a creationist perspective. While that usually isn’t too hard, it won’t cut it in undergraduate and graduate schoolwork as well as the career to follow. This includes peer-reviewed scientific journals that are used. Exceptions include the few creation journals, though they hold content useful to all scholarship (from college on up). But again, secular universities won’t allow it. One geological branch, paleontology, is especially a danger zone, for this is where geology meets biology, with all its evolutionary drivel. Besides, it is strenuous work, both physically and emotionally.
Also, petroleum and natural gas are where the money are, concerning geology. I think though, as non-renewable sources, our job (referring to all citizens, not just geologists) is to be thrifty with energy resources and not waste them. Aside from that, it’s mostly about the environment, which never seemed to pique my interest anyway.
While amicable both to creationist perspectives and evolutionary theory, it holds less relevance to humans on this planet. Moreover, NASA and its foreign cousins try to send astronauts to explore things we perhaps no business exploring. God gave us Earth, and Earth only, to live on. Yet, incidentally, it often is done as a hobby, which is no problem with me.
We all know meteorologists can be dead wrong when they say Saturday will be a gorgeous and sunny day but it turns out to be raining cats and dogs. (That lovely weather doesn’t come until Monday). And climatology, in a nutshell, is just a long-term of weather patterns in given regions (that is, obviously, climate). Thankfully, at least it is neutral on the age of the earth, and can really (scientifically) demonstrate some of God’s power.
I saved this field for last since this may actually be viable. Chemists actually improve quality of existing products and help develop new ones. Sounds good doesn’t it? Everything is made of chemicals, and God gave them to us. So why not process them for our own good?
One objection, however, is the pharmaceutical industry. People, as they use their medications, become dependent on chemists (especially biochemists) and other scientists such as biologists. Because they shy away from cures, these scientists make money just to keep them sick.
Again, though, as stated above, it may not be our place to make cures of serious illnesses. Treatments maybe, but not cures. The solution to this dilemma? Well, that’s a whole ethical problem I’m not even going to get into.
Another scheme is that advertisers over the past 20 years or so are marketing prescription drugs, traditionally a decision by a doctor. If the doctor prescribes it, there is no need to market it.
What About Similar Engineering Disciplines?
Well, while engineering is based on science, I love solving practical problems, it seems tedious to use the handbooks required for engineers. I couldn’t see myself doing CAD or similar technical practices. Most of what is learned in college turns out irrelevant. Furthermore this is true for most fields across all disciplines, not just engineering and the sciences discussed above.
As said above, if there is one desirable science major, bar none it would be chemistry. At my community college I attend, there is two ways of going about this. I could either do an all-new “transfer” degree in chemistry (replacing the general science degree as of this fall), intended to transfer to a 4-year college or university, or a “career” degree in Chemical Technology that is geared more toward direct entry into the workforce upon graduation.
If I go for the former, I might get to pick a minor in another discipline. (Or maybe even two!) After all, chemistry is the “central” science, holding together all the other sciences (pun intended). And if I decide that is not the right path (I don’t see many other paths outside of the natural sciences that I would desire a degree in, maybe a well-paying trade will do. Or just a plain job. Everything is in God’s hands. I plan, He directs.
Commencement, the term for graduating from a school and commencing a new chapter in life, is even more appropriate than the norm for one like me, since I am a die-hard lifelong learner across many disciplines, especially sciences (as well as many others). Even though school may be over, I will still enjoy reading websites, books (including textbooks!), watching educational shows, etc. And this very blog is a prime way to communicate and explain such.
I thank God for all the intelligence he has given me, that I can learn things sometimes too deep for some yet “translate” them into “plain English” for them.