Essay Ethical Dilemmas in Psychology

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Francis Bacon helped to pioneer the new science steering people away from Aristotelian teachings. He helped to bring the scientific method to a place of learning from observation and experimentation. He felt that science should be judged by the usefulness of the results (Greenwood, 2009). Bacon projected that many great things might come out of this empirical approach, but what has ensued in the centuries that followed, Bacon and others might not have predicted. Since Bacon and others pushed for a more empirical approach, numerous discoveries have been made. During this scientific revolution throughout the 16th century was categorized with big advances such as the making of new lenses by Galileo, Kepler and Huygens leading to new…show more content…
The 20th century is deemed as having the most drastic differences from the beginning of the century to the end of it with advancement in medicine such as antibiotics, advancement in chemistry leading to nuclear power and subsequent nuclear weapons, a better understanding of DNA leading to some valuable disease cures as well as controversial stem cell research, expansion of transportation leading to an ease of transplanting people to other parts of the earth, and technology which has seemingly advanced society (Wikipedia Selection for schools – 20th century, 2008/9), or regressed society as some would argue. The 21st century has continued thus far the advancements of the late 20th century. Bacon would be proud of the advancements that the scientific method created – advancements that have led to disease control, longer life, space exploration, psychological treatment of mental health conditions, and self-help resources at our finger tips. With the advancements has come a scrutiny on the way that we, as humans, have approached finding these advancements. This has brought up the issue of ethics and questions as to how we go about getting results not just the results themselves. One issue in particular that people are questioning ethical concerns is over interrogation. Interrogation is a
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