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Science and Technology has Overtaken Morality

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Science and Technology has Overtaken Morality * There are countless moral issues raised by scientific and technological development. Often, the development is as hard to justify, as it is to condemn, so no solution can be found. However, I'll remind you that no matter what the justification or argument, it is in the nature of human beings to inquire and advance into new discoveries and developments, it is something that is impossible to stop completely. * I will look at a selection of scientific and technological advances and briefly explain the problems that arise as examples. Perhaps then you can form a conclusion as to whether or not all scientific and technological development is justified, whether it is on the borderline of overtaking morality now, or whether science and technology overtook morality long ago. * First we can look at the way in which scientific discoveries are made. Often, these discoveries involve animal experimentation. The definition of animal experimentation is to change something in the animal or its environment in order to provoke a response. Some forms of animal experimentation cause suffering to the animal and others don't. Some people wonder if ANY form of animal experimentation is morally justified, as it restricts the animal's freedom and is unnatural. There are also distinctions between different types of animals. ...read more.

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One wonders where all this can stop. Is it morally right to interfere in nature's way and create something that would have never before come into existence? Some Christians call this Genetic Modification Revolution a 'second genesis'. We are acting as if we are Gods. We know that human beings are not omniscient or omnipotent. We can make error are we often do. As far as GM is concerned, what if we were to make a mistake in the modification of some plant? What then might happen if we accidentally create a type of plant that does not let other plants grow, or one that reproduces beyond human control? Such a Genetic Modification could seriously disrupt nature as we know it and throw everything out of balance. We cannot assume that nothing will ever go wrong and that we have the right to interfere with natures way simply because we can. We are not perfect. In this field, perhaps we have seen the science overtook morality long ago?? * Scientists are now also looking to cloning. Cloning has already moved ahead by leaps and bounds. It took only two years after Dolly the sheep was created for researchers to clone other mammals. Research in human cloning is progressing, too. Soon, this type of genetic engineering could be an option for people who cannot otherwise have children. ...read more.

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Can we say that it is moral to develop such terrible machines? Have we not overtaken morality with science and technology when we used the first bomb to kill non-combatants? Surely now with our neutron bombs etc we cannot call ourselves moral? * We have also advanced greatly in our usage of computer technology. The World Wide Web has given us a new form of communication, society, and information. However, it has gives issues concerning censorship, privacy, corporate domination, and artificial intelligence. It has changed some of the very nature of human interactions. Is this behavior moral? We are feeding too much information and putting too much dependency into a system that cannot think or feel. Surely this is dangerous? * I think that it is impossible to hold back these technological advances. It is an unstoppable process and all we can do is try to cope with the problems that will inevitably arise. I think all scientific and technological development will have some impact - negative and positive - on the way we live. As responsible beings, I feel we cannot make a scientist's freedom to research limitless. Boundaries have to be set based on ethical guidelines and kept to. Perhaps a global research center could be set up for all those advances that raised ethical questions etc to solve the problem, and so the experiment is carried out with the right responsibility. ...read more.

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