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"Science never provides solutions - it only poses more questions." Is it a fair comment? From the dawn of mankind, man has searched for the answers to the most compelling questions about our origin, the origin of the world and how things work. It is these questions that have driven us to conduct experiments, think up theories and pretty much make up what we know today as "science": a study of the world and the experiments that verify our theories. Following the rapid advancements in science and technology, people have begun to criticize science as never providing solutions but only posing more questions. This is not a fair view of science because although it is true that science has evoked more questions, it has also solved various problems and provided solutions that have propelled man forward. Thanks to science, man has been able to find solutions to problems previously thought to be out of man's control. ...read more.

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The fear of thunder and lightning, for example, cannot possibly compare to the fears generated by advancements in genetic engineering. The knowledge that one's very genetic makeup can determine one's destiny, thus dispelling the "myth" that one is in control of his or her own future, can cause people to lose hope in themselves and become disillusioned. This, some people claim, shows that science has caused larger and more serious problems than ever before and that the solutions found are insignificant compared to the many other questions that have been raised in recent years. Questions about ethics of science research, the applications of technology and of whether there is life beyond our universe have all emerged and these questions seem to be out of science's ability to answer. It is crucial to understand that it is the very fact that these questions have been raised from science that they can only be solved by science alone. This effectively cancels them out. ...read more.

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For example, while the world was focused on the possible dangers of genetically modified (GM) food, some of the poorest Cambodian families were thriving on GM rice, which allowed a year-round harvest and contained the essential nutrients that were severely lacking in their diets. Still, it is more exciting to read about how GM tomatoes contain possible carcinogens than it is to hear about how science is putting food on the tables of the poor, which is why, on the surface, it looks as if science has not provided the solutions to any questions at all. In conclusion, it is undeniable that science has indeed brought about more questions. However, at the same time, both old and new doubts are being quelled each day with every advancement in the scientific fields. At the end of the day, it is still science that propels man forward, and it is the problems that science has solved that enable us to live the way we do today. Therefore it is unfair to state that science has only posed more questions because science does provide solutions that have changed our lives in more ways than we will ever know. ...read more.

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