Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, a long-standing tradition going back to the earliest European settlers in North America, the Pilgrims. Up until recently, the tradition included giving thanks to God. Now, the trend is to thank one another. The NASA Director put out a thanksgiving message Wednesday basically thanking all the NASA employees for their hard work over the past year. Are we supposed to thank ourselves on Thanksgiving? Live Science put together a list of “10 Science Discoveries to be Thankful for.” Should you be thanking God, or your local scientist?
There is no question that science has brought us many blessings, as their list shows: vaccines, understanding of the causes of disease, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more (although their inclusion of SETI at #9 is bizarre, since there have been no results). We can certainly thank scientists for these and many other discoveries. But do scientists work in a vacuum, issuing their good things out of themselves? Or are they dependent on other sources? If you thank a scientist, who is he or she to thank?