When it comes to big problems, with many factors that include human behavior, science seems to be doomed to help us understand what was, rather than what is.
Originally posted on Minds and Brains:
Nature is showing us only the tail of the lion, but I have no doubt that the lion belongs to it even though, because of its large size, it cannot totally reveal itself all at once. We can see it only the way a louse that is sitting on it would.
~Albert Einstein to Heinrich Zangger, quoted in Clifford Pickover, Archimedes to Hawking