The Impact of Ethical Decisions on the Discovery of Knowledge in the Natural Science and Art

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“Science cannot stop while ethics catches up… and nobody should expect scientists to do all the thinking for the country” Elvin Charles Stakman (http://www.cesim.fr). The quote illustrates how science and ethics are interconnected but ethics is hindering what science can achieve. The knowledge issue I will be addressing is what impact do ethical decisions have on limiting the discovery of knowledge in the natural sciences and arts? One day in biology class we were discussing the potential benefits of the harvesting of embryotic stem cells and how these cells could potentially help save lives, however one of the issues to the stem cell argument was, if stem cell research was to be conducted then scientists would be considered unethical …show more content…
“Science cannot stop while ethics catches up… and nobody should expect scientists to do all the thinking for the country” Elvin Charles Stakman (http://www.cesim.fr). The quote illustrates how science and ethics are interconnected but ethics is hindering what science can achieve. The knowledge issue I will be addressing is what impact do ethical decisions have on limiting the discovery of knowledge in the natural sciences and arts? One day in biology class we were discussing the potential benefits of the harvesting of embryotic stem cells and how these cells could potentially help save lives, however one of the issues to the stem cell argument was, if stem cell research was to be conducted then scientists would be considered unethical because those embryos could potentially become a human being. I thought how could that be unethical? The embryo has not begun to develop in terms of developing a brain, heart and the other necessary organs necessary to live. Embryotic stem cells are potential life savers and certain people’s personal ethical boundaries determine whether future generations have access to important scientific discoveries that can alter medicine and science in the future. “I am opposed to both cloning and the destruction of human embryos and adamantly opposed to funding of embryonic stem cell research” (Sandy Adams http://www.brainyquote.com). The major opponents to stem cell research are primarily people with a strong affinity towards religious beliefs; many
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