• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should scientific research be restricted in any way?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Should scientific research be restricted in any way? Science is the study and knowledge of the physical world and its behaviour that is based on proven facts. It has existed since a long time ago, in every part of the world. Not only has it increased our standard of living tremendously, it has also continuously improved the efficiency and quality of work done. Scientific research has come up with innovative ways that have helped us solve many problems; such as poverty, through improvements in economy, and found cures to diseases through the invention of medicines. However, some would claim that scientific research should be restricted due to the harm that science brings about. Inventions due to scientific research such as cars have brought about detrimental effects such as air pollutions, deleterious weapons invented from science research such as bombs have caused destruction and research on human life have disrupted the normal way of life. Should scientific research be restricted in any way? I would say that it should not be restricted as it have benefited us greatly and although it has also brought about unwanted problems, new solutions have been found to solve them. ...read more.

Middle

Although some economists might say that such scientific research is too costly and the money used on such research can be used for other beneficial areas such as improving healthcare or education, I stand strong to my point as such necessity is imperative for survival. In addition, we should ensure that such necessity would always be present. Thirdly, cures for disease can be found through scientific research to protect humanity. New afflictions arise in our everyday life. Only through scientific research, remedy and treatment for such new diseases can be found to save lives. If no cure were to be found, such disease can cause death or can be passed down to the next generation and will never be eradicated. For example, during the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) period, SARS affected many people and thousands of innocent lives were taken. If no cure was found, people would still be suffering in pain with this disease which leads to death. People might claim that although, such cures can be found, many people, especially the poor would not be able to afford them as scientific research is too costly. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, scientific research should not be restricted as such invention of weapons is a form of protection of a country from any deterrence to potential attackers. Thirdly, some people would feel that scientific research affects the normal way of life. Scientific research on human lives through experiments such as cloning is deemed as immoral and unethical. They believe that God had created each human being unique and there is no such need for experiments such as cloning to be conducted as it would seems to be defying God. However, scientific research on human would allow us to understand more about ourselves and facts that have yet to be discovered to as to increase our knowledge on ourselves and educate the next generation about human beings. The benefits brought by scientific have improved the standard of living of people tremendously. The foremost problems in society such as poverty, lack of necessities, diseases that could not be solved in the past can now be alleviated using the new ways found by scientific research. Although negative side effects are present due to scientific progress and human lives are being threatened, scientific research has also came up with solutions for such harmful effects. Thus, scientific research should not be restricted so as to allow mankind to continue to benefit from it. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level General Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

****
The writer does not really get into this debate. They confuse scientific research with the application of science and while pointing out some of the applications that are not beneficial, do not discuss whether it could be limited in any way.

Marked by teacher Dennis Salter 13/03/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level General Studies essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    English as a global language - good or bad?

    4 star(s)

    Because of its predominance in the industrial world it seems convenient that English will become this world language. In the sciences English has become almost mandatory for publishing papers, theories and articles. English is the glue which brings together scientists from different backgrounds to share knowledge either directly as colleagues or indirectly by the written word (source B).

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The internet should be implemented into all educational sectors as a tool for learning ...

    4 star(s)

    From the 900 of the experts surveyed 76% agreed with the prediction that by 2020, use of the internet will have enhanced human intelligence (Whitney 2010, para 3), And all in all as people are allowed unprecedented access to more information, they become more intelligent and make better choices (Pew internet & American life project 2010, para 4).

  1. TO WHAT EXTENT IS ADVERTISEMENT ALWAYS MISLEADING?

    Similarly, some of the advertisements are taken as inspiration by youth to try the tricks or stunts shown in advertisements of motorbikes or cars. Adverts become misleading when they don't follow certain protocols. One of such protocols is the truth in statement.

  2. Is war ever be justified

    Men have always wanted power and still want it. But why do people have to fight? Where is equality in this? Did the French Revolution have no use?!

  1. Formal Report on Time Management. As part of my Study Skills portfolio, Julie Khamis ...

    Tuesdays and Thursdays I have enough time in the day to have two sessions of study with fixed times in between.

  2. THE YOUNG EMBRACE MODERN TECHNOLOGY, THE OLD FEEL THREATENED BY IT

    These all would have been impossible a few years back. But, now they are an integral part of human life. Thus, modern technology is not only embraced by the youth but also the old. However, there are certain aspects of modern technology that have done more harm than good.

  1. Can the world sustain our increasing dependency over electricity?

    When coal is burned, greenhouse gases are emitted increasing pollution and global warming. Also, coal is a non renewable energy resource.

  2. Report: Charity Event for Cancer Research UK

    On the 7th November 2007, the group gave a presentation about what Cancer Research UK does, how the group would raise money and the reason choosing this charity. Money was raised from the sale of cakes, snacks and drinks within Thames Valley University.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work