Without it you wouldn't have a computer to ask this on. Matter of fact, you'd be sitting in a cave wearing animal skins and deciding what to kill for dinner. You should think things through.
Then you wouldn't have to ask a question like this.askville.amazon.com»
If anything, science has served to debunk age old superstitions and naysayers who refuse to believe the reality around them.askville.amazon.com»
The answer is (again! ) that "science" does nothing. PEOPLE do harm (or not) according to that bizarre combination of what they know and what they want.Do.askville.amazon.com»
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No. Science give us means. It is people that decide what to do with it.
Take boiling water. You can cook an egg or torture a person. That is your choice.
Knowing how to boil water is the science of it all. If we did not have science, we would have some other way to get into trouble. Like over eating.askville.amazon.com»
Science is a tool like firearms are a tool: the problem is not the tool but the human beings using it for good or misusing it for evil. Fact is, those two nuclear bombs on roshima and Nagasaki saved about a million U.S. Lives and about a million Japanese lives by forcing the emperor to push thru surrender while all the generals around him were still angling for more war. I think he knew Tokyo was next.
But my point is that the subsequent misuse in nuclear posturing over the Cold War should be seen in the light of the initial use. A gun can obtain game for dinner, protect a home from an evil person, or kill an innocent person. Quantum physics can explain our place in the universe or form the basis for goofy and deceptive religions.
Instead, we are warned, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20).askville.amazon.com»
Benefits of science: Doubled life expectancy from 35 to 70+Cut child mortality rate from 50% to less than 15% (considering 3rd world)Less than 20% of the population has to be farmers, versus 95% for most of history, and those who farm don't have back breaking work dawn to dusk just to eat .askville.amazon.com»
Well let's see. People used to die on the average in their mid thirties because of disease. Scientific contribution to medical research alone outweighs any disadvantage.
Medicines and life saving technologies have allowed humans to live longer, healthier lives. How could we learn about our environment or space without science? How could we make any progress towards understanding the ways our minds and bodies work without science?
Times when humanity didn't enjoy scientific contributions were not better than the times we live in now. People lived in primitive conditions. That didn't stop them from warring with one another.
Getting around in horse and buggies wasn't the most comfortable or opportune method either. No video, no phones, no radio, no radar, no exploration. We know the down side is misuse of technology.
That is human error, not scientific error. Human error exists with or without science. No, science had not done more harm than good.
All you have to do is see how science has created almost everything you use, the meds you take, the car you drive, the means by which we keep our food fresh, the means by which we regulate food. The clothes you wear, that air conditioning in the summer and the furnace in the winter? It goes on and on.
Would be rather be living as the Neanderthalls did? Unsanitary conditions, killing your own food, making your own clothes, and dying from the common cold? To deny science is to deny all of the progress that allows humanity to understand its potential.askville.amazon.com»
"Science" is the Greek word for knowledge. We are warned, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20). That is, beware of things humans call "knowledge" but isn't; it's actually propaganda.
There are the facts and there is what human beings do with those facts.askville.amazon.com»
Has science and technology really done more good than harm Asked by celin 4 months ago Similar questions: science technology harm Science.askville.amazon.com»
Science" is knowledge (when that word isn't being used to mean brainwashing or propaganda) and technology is merely additional tools to make a task easier. Neither knowledge nor tools are the problem, but the one who KNOWS the knowledge or the one who WIELDS the tools. Human beings are the problem.
What we see thru-out he 20th century is simply that as we developed more tools, humans were able to do more things more quickly--whether be useful and helpful or be selfish and evil. Since humans are by nature evil, we've seen more evil thru-out the 20th century, but the fact of history is that humans have always made wrong (evil) choices. Only, lately, implementing those choices and getting around to causing real damage goes much more quickly now.
I mean, the Roman Catholics ran the inquisition over a few centuries and at most tortured and executed 3,000,000 Christians and Jews who disagreed with them. Stalin gets modern war technology and is able to kill in a few years twenty times that number. And I'm sure that if the Roman Catholic church of the 15th or 16th century had 20th century technology, they'd have equaled that number because I think their efforts were as strong.
Only, they didn't have the help the Communists did.askville.amazon.com»
You might be the kind of person who doesn't mind beating a stick on a rock, but personally I enjoy the advantages of science and technology. The only time they do harm is when people use them as tools for harm. I wholly disagree with the post here that says humans are born inherently evil.
What a sad state of mind that is. That is what religion teaches. Such a shame.askville.amazon.com»
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