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The Pursuit of Science

Science and the successful pursuit of science require a great deal of area expertise and knowledge. I believe that not just any average citizen is able to study, for example, the fundamental laws of physics or examine the orbit of planets. It takes years of dedication, schooling, and commitment to learning each and every detail of these scientific phenomenon for a scientist to achieve the full and effective pursuit of the sought-after knowledge. For this reason, I believe that science should be governed by experts due to its high demand for intellectual capacity. Because of the very nature of science and scientific knowledge, it takes a highly advanced scholar to achieve advancements in the field, and continue the progression of society in the right direction.

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Women in Engineering

In the last century, women engineers have faced a number of opportunities and challenges that Amy Bix described throughout her lecture. Overall, women in engineering stood out as an anomaly because historically, engineering has been a very male dominated profession. It’s important to note that even in Webster’s Dictionary from 1959, the definition of ‘engineer’ consisted only of “a man,” signifying that women could never be considered an engineer. Because of this, women’s education seldom consisted of engineering as well – they were trained in other sciences like mathematics, science, etc. – however engineering was almost never a part of their college learning. In fact, women in engineering were such rare occurrences that when women would attend engineering courses, it made front page news portrayed as women invading men’s classes.

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The Aftermath of Global Wars

Global wars in the twentieth century have greatly transformed science and technology in both detrimental and beneficial ways. For example, following the United States’ use of the first ever nuclear bomb in World War 2, the world came to know the true capacity for nuclear warfare. Countries who had not contained nuclear weapons in their arsenal began to implement new technological strategies to ensure their nuclear power and countries who did have nuclear weapons continued to seek technological advancements on their artillery in attempts to obtain global nuclear dominance. I believe that if not for the dropping of nuclear bombs during WW2, it is possible that countries would still have explored nuclear weapons but not nearly to the extent that they did after seeing the true force that those weapons physically have. Therefore, it is easy to see that these impacts can be both beneficial and detrimental.

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Artificial Life

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and its role and influence on human society.

Question: What impact has artificial intelligence (AI) had on the development of society, and what impact will it continue to have in the years to come?

Thesis: Through artificial intelligence’s integration and success in the human world, technology’s scientific progression has and will continue to make a significant contribution on mankind and will further establish itself as a means of human recreation through machinery.

For my research project, I am interested in exploring the significant impacts that artificial intelligence has made on humanity, as well as possible future integrations that artificial intelligence will continue to contribute to our scientific world. For example, I think it will be commonplace in society for artificially made automaton to walk amongst natural human beings as one, similar to the existence of Olympia in The Sandman. I plan on looking at The Sandman, by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a novel about an automaton woman named Olympia who is so realistic and appears so similar to natural life that she has the capability of making a real man fall in love with her. I will also look at Christopher Langton’s article, Artificial Life, and it’s reflection on the creation of life as it could be rather than life as we know it. This article explores the future possibilities that artificial life may have on science, technology, and society. I also have Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, to look at for another novel that illustrates the power (in this case: destructive power) of unnatural creation of life.

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Scientific Advancement in the Twenty-First Century

The two cultures of sciences and humanities, in my eyes, are indeed separate. It is hard to compare the processes of sciences with those of the humanities since the two share not a lot in common. For example, ask a historian if he knows what the acceleration due to gravity on any object is and he may stare back at you with a befuddled glare. When in reality, this question to nearly any scientist is one of the most elementary level – equivalent to asking a historian, perhaps, what two sides fought in the Civil War. To the knowing mind, these questions seem so basic that it is a waste of time to even ask them. However, to a scholar in a field contrary to that in which the question is derived, such a simple question might cause some trouble in a response.

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Darwinian Evolution

In my opinion, the legacies of Darwinian Evolution tell us that science in society has been through a constant progression of natural selection. From the early days of science to today’s modern technology, science has gone through a continuous cycle of making slight improvements to previously developed theories and ideas. Slowly but surely, the very first concepts of science – such as the first forms of agriculture and the initial theory during the Bronze Age that the Earth was flat – have been subject to slight variations that eventually led to the incredibly advanced agricultural systems we have today and the correct notion that the Earth is in fact a sphere. While those are just two examples in the incredibly immense history of science, they emphasize the fact that not everything from the beginning of science truly had a proper place in society. Natural selection took its course to advance early scientific theories into more modern, advanced, and up-to-date ideas that still, to this day, are continuing to improve.

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The Pursuit of Dangerous Knowledge

The desire to discover the unknown can sometimes lead to one’s own demise, as is the case in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Human beings have an innate curiosity to uncover any hidden truths within our universe, however sometimes those quests to reveal the unrevealed result in unwanted outcomes. Victor Frankenstein, in his pursuit of the secret of life, created a living monstrosity that he believed to be the answer to the knowledge he had long been seeking. Although, upon immediate sight of his creation and the havoc it would make, his actions proved detrimental.

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The Impact of The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution, and in fact science itself, has been criticized by many due to the fact that it is so unclear – so undefinable – as to make it nearly impossible to come to a complete agreement of it’s nature. To me, however, I look at The Scientific Revolution as the period in time in which the world progressed from pre-modern, Aristotelian scientific practices to the more advanced modern science of today. Not only were scientific practices drastically changing in the way in which we made discoveries, but what we were discovering significantly changed as well.

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