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is science a boon for human kind or notas science help to know abot the thing which are...

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alpha-03 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:37 AM via web

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is science a boon for human kind or not

as science help to know abot the thing which are unkown to us and also makes use of the known materials

  1. but due to science atombomb was invented which killed and injured many thousands of people of japan.
  2. due to science missiles,landmines,guns,different types of bombs were invented which are used by anti social and anti communal forces to complete their wishes by doing violence
  3. science has researched on chemicals and made appliances primiraly for the benfit of humans which has changed later into a threat to the existence of human and organisms on the planet earth.

 so i think that science helps to explore but due to some dangerous thinking of human it has turned into a dangerous thing to kill the organisms on earth.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:07 AM (Answer #2)

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There is no way to know this for sure, but I would bet you that if you took the number of people who have been killed by scientific advances such as weapons, it would not be anywhere near to the number of people whose lives have been saved by scientific advances.

In the old days, people lived short lives that were very hard.  Nowadays, more people have longer lives that are much easier than at any previous time in the history of the world.

I would rather risk missiles and pesticides in the modern world than have to worry that I would die from an infected cut or that my wife would die in childbirth.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM (Answer #3)

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Yours is a question that intrigued Aldous Huxley so much that he wrote a novel that examines the dangers of science and technology superceding the advancement of humankind; and, Mary Shelley certainly expresses her concerns about scientific advancements, as well, in her novel, Frankenstein

Notwithstanding Albert Einstein's terrible regret in being instrumental in the creation of the atom bomb, science has, indeed, been a boon to mankind.  Perhaps, the evil exists in how man has employed science.  Witness the catastrophe of the greedy and unconscionable of BP who drilled an oil well that has now destroyed the Gulf of Mexico because safeguards were not considered as seriously as they should have been and warnings ignored in their greed, the evil that has so often effected negative results in the employment of scientific advancements. 

It seems that the "evil that men do" [Julius Caesar] is what interrupts the good that science accomplishes.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM (Answer #4)

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As the previous post pointed out, science can be dangerous when it becomes the object of all of our appreciate and thought rather than just one more approach to looking at the world.  We have an idea that somehow science is infallible and if something is done "scientifically" you cannot argue with it, yet the history of science is littered with failures and mistakes and theories proven wrong.

It can be great as it provides real benefits in a variety of areas.  But it can also be dangerous when it becomes more than just another way to look at the world.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 13, 2010 at 8:05 AM (Answer #5)

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I think you have to look at science as a body of knowledge, rather than just the technology it has created. Understanding the biology, chemistry, physics, etc. of our universe is a good thing, even though some developments have proven harmful. Many, many more have proven beneficial. And I would rather live in a world where I understand why things happen, than live in a world based on superstition.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM (Answer #6)

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Human kind has benefitted more from science than it has lost out, up to this point. This will continue to be true until we invent something that causes us to finally destroy our planet or ourselves. We are insatiably curious, so that is a likely outcome. We will never stop discovering.

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