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Are advancements in Science always beneficial - an essay exploring the impacts of contemporary advancements in science on the modern world

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Title of Essay: Are advancements in Science always beneficial? An essay exploring the impacts of contemporary advancements in science on the modern world. Introduction: This essay discusses the merits, virtues and pitfalls of contemporary advancements in science with close reference to its effects on the modern world, people's worldviews and current mindsets that societies have. This essay aims to give a holistic overview of the impacts the progress in science, and about the alterations made on mankind's mindsets of a great number of things. Through this, the essay concludes with a delicate, balanced wrap-up that summarises mankind's awareness of the rapid changes to his environment, and raises pertinent questions and suggestions for further consideration. This essay was awarded Distinction (24 out of 30 marks possible) at the High School level. The modern world is developing at a rapid rate. Scientific breakthroughs and innovations are not uncommon in our daily news. We even see talented students in their teens - budding scientists and researchers - occasionally featured in the news for their scientific achievements and accomplishments. Technology is inseparable from mankind today. ...read more.

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An extremely pertinent example in the scientific progress discussion is that of stem cell research. Stem cell research has been acclaimed by numerous scientists and researchers as the next major breakthrough in medical science because technologies derived from stem cell research are slated to be able to treat a variety of diseases and impairments such as spinal cord injuries and Parkinson's disease. The essential idea is that stem cells are highly adaptable and can possibly be cultivated to grow human organs for those in need. Stem cells are also characterised by their ability to self-renew, making its discovery phenomenal. The controversy lies in the obtainment of embryonic stem cells which is argued by opponents of stem cell research to violate the sanctity of human life. The deliberate destruction of a human embryo is also typically interpreted as being incompatible with Roman Catholic doctrine. The arguments by both sides in this debate are comprehensive. This is one situation where the initial, harmless motivations for scientific progress are met with disagreements based on ethics. From this, and other similar cases such as with genetic engineering and cloning, scientific progress is indeed for the good. ...read more.

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We may say that weapons - especially one as devastating as the nuclear bomb - are not for the good of mankind as they allow wars thus numerous deaths to happen. Military progress is however, justified for it boosts a country's defence and helps to deter others from attacking. While the technologically advanced weapons and military tactics are not inherently the root causes of these fatal conflicts, we as humans must nonetheless have the responsibility to handle such powerful resultants of scientific progress. As scientific progress has been such a common aspect of our lives, we may not be fully conscious of where it is leading us and affecting our culture and way of doing things. Disagreements about certain issues relating to science and technology may strain international relations such as that about North Korea's nuclear weapons development and testing. All in all, scientific progress will definitely enhance the quality of our lives, yet we must be cautious in utilising our newfound knowledge and ultimately making sure we do not disregard the initial motivations for scientific progress resulting from our abuse of science or technology. End Written by a High School Student Essay awarded Distinction (24 out of 30 marks possible) ...read more.

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