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Scientific technology a boon or a bane ?I do think it is a boon. Revolution in...
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I don't think that we've overcome the "mysteries" of life, but that's not the point, I guess.
I do agree that technology has been a boon overall. We have much longer and better lives today than people have ever had in the history of the world. This is due to technological advances such as vaccines, better kinds of seeds and chemicals for agriculture that make life longer and various kinds of technologies like computers and air conditioning and such that make life easier.
Posted by pohnpei397 on July 22, 2011 at 1:24 AM (Answer #2)
High School Teacher
Both, depending on your point of view. From the individual standpoint of a person who lives in a developed nation, technology is certainly a good thing most of the time. As 2 pointed out, there are a lot of things that help us lead longer, healthier, and more comfortable lives. No one can realistically argue that preventing children from catching a crippling disease like polio is a bad thing.
On the other side of the coin, technology has been largely responsible for the current ecological crisis on the planet. The same technologies that allow us to live longer lives also contribute to overpopulation. Technology is the cause of climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and groundwater shortages, just to name a few.
Ultimately I don't think you can make a cogent argument as to whether technology is a bane or a boon, because technology in and of itself is morality neutral; it's just a tool. It's how people use it that determines the outcome.
Posted by pacorz on July 22, 2011 at 3:19 AM (Answer #3)
Middle School Teacher
I think you can argue that science and technology have really improved our lives. We live longer and are more productive. We have more liesure options. All in all, we have more opportunities. There are some ways that technology complicates our lives, of course. I do not think that those complications trump all of the advantages.
Posted by litteacher8 on July 22, 2011 at 3:24 AM (Answer #4)
High School Teacher
I agree that technology has been an overall boon for society--I say, as I sit in an air-conditioned house on a VERY hot day. I also agree that how technology is used in what becomes controversial. What I notice the most because of technology is the widening gap between those who have access to it and those who do not. That disparity is something that must change, it seems to me.
Posted by auntlori on July 22, 2011 at 5:22 AM (Answer #5)
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Posted by brettd on July 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM (Answer #6)
I very much agree with #3. Technology is a tool that allows us to live longer and is being used to kill our planet. I think as a people we have a general belief that technology is essentially good. Unfortunately, this belief has shielded much of the malicious uses of technology, allowing the plundering of our natural resources.
I don't think we can outright say technology has improved the quality of life because that is very subjective.
Posted by truthseekah on August 8, 2011 at 1:36 AM (Answer #7)
If technology has some responsibility based upon fact instead of conjecture behind it, then it is a boon, for example, the Internet allows me to earn my living from home. If technotlogy has only conjecture and supposition to confirm the science, as is the case with the domestic toxic chemical industry--plasticizers phthalates; dioxins; formaldehyde in clothing, grooming and home goods; POPs; PCBs; surfactants; mold retardants; insect retardants; fire retardants; stain retardants; all manner of other VOCs and things I can't recall--then it is a bane and, in fact, has been responsible for negative genetic developments for our race and our plants and animals and fish and foul.
Posted by kplhardison on August 12, 2011 at 4:00 AM (Answer #8)
it is dependable on us how we use it
if we use it as in good purposes its a boon
and if we use it in atom bombs and for destrucction of mankind and nature it will turn out to be a bane
Posted by mahijain on August 29, 2011 at 5:24 PM (Answer #9)
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