Science and morality

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Progression is a natural occurrence in human life as well as society. Natural curiosity, coupled with a desire for self improvement, has propelled mankind into the age of science and technology. As society progresses, so, too, does human life continue to advance and improve. Medical advances have allowed humans to overcome disease and illness, and ultimately prolog human life. For example, the success of stem cell research has granted doctors the resources to replace damaged cells and begin to repair severe injuries. The amount of scientific progress making its way into society is astounding. However, eventually the question emerges, how far should these advancements be allowed to continue? And at what point do humans bypass medical need…show more content…
There is no doubt that with scientific advancement comes risk for immorality and exploitation. So the question remains, is scientific development worth the risk? The practice of curing disease and ridding humans of illness can be considered a perversion of nature. However, while the ability to alter humans may seem unnatural, it stems from a very human instinct. The factor that sets acceptable medical science apart is the motivation behind its continuation. The desire to keep humans healthy, happy, and alive is the general driving force behind society’s adoption of scientific development. The basic desire to preserve life fuels the science that allows humans to continue gaining new knowledge about medicine and technology. Therefore, humans can begin to judge what crosses the line of morality by examining the motivations behind certain research. Advancements, such as cloning, that interfere with nature for no other purpose than to fulfill a morbid curiosity hold little place in society. In Gulliver’s Travels, the scientists Swift describes at the Academy have no regard for human life. They conduct experiments with little practical purpose in order to satisfy their own interests. This lack of respect for scientific development and its implications marks a danger for society. Such indifference to the repercussions of scientific experiment will lead to an abuse of power, because without a
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