The Dark Side of Science

Science has bestowed enormous benefits on mankind. But it has a dark side as well. It gives us miracle medicines, but also, germ warfare. It bestows upon us nuclear power, and nuclear bombs. Its power can be used to benefit the environment or to destroy it.

But there is another aspect of science, one that has nothing to do with technology. It has to do with shaping our worldview. In doing so, it influences how we structure our society, our laws, and our moral codes.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Pertinent to the discussion

  • When man split the atom, one became painfully aware of how science could go terribly wrong.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Quantum computers scare me more. Dead is dead, however.

      • Practically any invention (mechanical or otherwise) can be bad.

        • Tooth&Claw

          True enough.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    To a religious person, scientific discoveries are divine revelations. That person believes that God created man to be His stewards of the earth and science enables us to fulfill that role.

  • shasta

    This essay which attempts to posit that free will and morality require god and the supernatural is specious at best.
    At one point he admits as much but then complains that most people are “ill equipped to counter those arguments.” So there you have it; you are too stupid to understand that you can be a moral person who has free will, so you better follow the teachings of my mythology.
    He goes on to claim that science denies free will while judeo-christian belief does not. This is false, and makes me wonder if he has any understanding of his own faith, let alone the philosophy of science.