‘Let’s improve our lives with science!’ – Eminent oncologist
Eminent oncologist – on dangers and opportunities to improve everyone’s lives:
– Professor Chabner, you have a vast experience in cancer treatment and cancer research. Is there anything you’d like to add to our conversation today? Is there any question which I should have asked but didn’t? I would just say this – We exist now, or we’re living in turbulent times, with the government changing… And there’s a certain attitude which concerns me, in Washington, that science isn’t important, denial of climate change, denial of even medical issues, and a lack of sense of importance of research, of science. In a sense, what we have now is a conflict between religion on one side, and science on the other. In other words, a group of people who are not well educated, who believe only in what’s in the Bible, and whether it’s Christian or Jewish or Muslim or whatever – it’s like, “It’s written in stone and we can’t believe science.” And I think that’s dangerous. I think that the two should support each other, and that our minds are here for a purpose – to advance the way we live, to improve our way of living. And we do that through research and science. And I’m concerned that the lack of support for research will injure the progress that we’ve made in fields such as cancer. It will hamper that. It’s a political and cultural issue now for us, and I think we have to get beyond this, we have to accept the fact that science is extremely important for improving our way of life. – Well, hopefully people will come to their senses! – I hope so too, but I am not so sure… Yes, I hope it will happen, yes. Professor Chabner, thank you very much for this conversation! – I very much appreciate it, thank you! – You are welcome!