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Wonders and Destruction of Science

The wonders and destruction of science, an idea that has been coursing through my mind.

After spending a week living by the visiting hours of the hospital, I quickly, if not undoubtedly, appreciated modern technology. Merlin himself could not have imagined the “magical” forms of medicine that we have today. The ability to save lifes, heal wounds and create better futures is far easier than it has ever been, and it is all thanks to science.

Science, the father of modern day miracles.

And yet…

Once that week was over, and I returned to my life of normalcy. Before adjustment could even begin, I was diving into a paper on the tensions between Iran and the U.S. Tensions that have been exemplified over nuclear bombs, the Frankenstein of science. And it was while writing this paper that I began thinking about the irony that is science. Could we have the life changing medical advancements, with out the life destruction of nuclear bombs and other weaponry advancements? I personally think not. We can save more lives everyday, but we can also destroy more in a single day than ever before.

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  1. April 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I actually wrote my first reflective writing assignment on this topic (science as a good force or a bad one). In my essay, I used steel as an analogy for science. After all, steel can be used for both good and bad, right and wrong. You can make pistols out of steel, or you can create the skeleton of a new hospital. Science is much the same way. I ultimately concluded that both steel and science are nothing more than resources. Resources are neither good nor bad in themselves, but rather BECOME objects of good or evil through an exterior agency. In other words, science is only what we make of it. Science is a tool, and how the tool is used is determined by the user, not the tool itself. A tool cannot be good nor bad, but those who wield it can be.

  2. anthonypribadi
    April 10, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Hi! I am absolutely agree with chrisgermiller’s comment above. Now that being said, I don’t really know what else to comment because I was really about to say the same thing.

    But on top of the point that science and other resources are neither good nor bad in itself, I actually think that the world will only get worse in general. Similar to the concept of entropy in physics, I think the summation of messiness of the universe will only get bigger. Meaning that, the universe will get more chaotic, both in macroscopic and microscopic level. Some examples: global warming, El Nino, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, etc. Why do those things happen? Because, I think, the earth is already broken by our advancement in science. Our cars, air-conditioners, factories, and other waste-producing stuffs (which are products of science advancement) are slowly but surely ‘killing’ our earth. And of course, nuclear wars will only worsen everything. I just heard yesterday from a friend that there is a rumour which says that North Korea is now aiming a missile towards The Philliphines. Oh goshhh.

  3. xavierholmes
    April 16, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I’ve thought about the topic of this post and found that the sad truth is that we’ll probably never have solely positive science. Its kind of like a yin and yang type of situation, on one hand you have great scientific achievements medicinal disciplines that benefit mankind but on the other there are things like nuclear weapons. Personally I blame this on the way the people of the world see each other. For example our government is supposed to protect the interests itself and the people within its boundaries. The mere fact that we distinguish ourselves as citizens of certain nations pits us against each other to an extent. Because of this we will always have conflict and war and in turn scientific advancements in building more advanced and powerful killing machines becomes unfortunately necessary.

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