Science: Friend or Foe? Essays

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Science: Friend or Foe?

Science, a field of study featuring a relentless stream of change and advancements, is widely viewed as both the scourge and savior of the modern world. It is true that science offers solutions to many problems, suggesting greater convenience, technological improvement, and longer, healthier lives. Still, science is far from perfect, a point that many critics are eager to vocalize. Science has been blamed for invoking fear, reaching inadequate results, and supporting the most immoral of studies. Clearly, the opinions and perceptions that people have toward science play the largest part in this complex love-hate relationship. Mary Shelley and J. Michael Bishop have a tremendous amount to say about this
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Science is now heavily feared and criticized, the subject of tremendous spite from people who do not understand its implications (238). For science has been the cure for many of society's ills, adding convenience, technological improvements, and the prospect of better health to incalculable numbers of people (237). Science, however, still remains labeled as ineffective and inhumane in today's world. These unfair allegations are largely the result of several unfortunate misconceptions about what science is capable of accomplishing (239).

Firstly, people often exaggerate science's ability to rectify a situation. Science has reasonable limitations, and believing that science should somehow transcend these limits is largely unfair (240). Science indeed offers knowledge and potential solutions; society, politics, and a slew of other factors dictate whether or not that knowledge is put to its most effective use (239). Secondly, society tends to concentrate on what science cannot do instead of what it has done. Science, like any other field of study, is not exempt from the concepts of possibility and reality. People want expedient remedies to all of the world's (and, in turn, their own) ills, apparently not realizing the limits of science, time, and mankind (239). To combat this reality, the notion is introduced that science is not good for anything
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