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Open Science

In many societies science has been governed by the experts. Science, in some cases, is dominated by only those who have been educated for years in their select field. There arises some issues if the only people in science are those who are experts. Firstly, you gain a very similar perspective if all of the people in science are experts. In most cases these people have similar backgrounds and similar views on what they are trying to achieve. If you allow people who are not experts and who have not been molded by society in the same way these experts have, then you gain a unique perspective. This unique perspective allows science to expand even more. With Science available to the masses, this allows science to reached its peak. If science is kept in the hands of a select few then it will never truly reach the potential. With this openness the bounds in which science can expand grow exponentially.

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Women in Science

Since the dawn of science the field has been mostly controlled by men. Most scientists in history were males and they seem to be the most focused on when teaching others about the history of science. However, there are many female scientists that sometimes get forgotten. Marie Curie, Jane Goodall and Maria Mayer are three examples of extremely famous scientists in their respective fields but who sometimes get passed over. These three women are regarded as three of the most famous female scientists but yet some may not have heard of them. The male perspective in which we view scientific history decrease the population of women scientists within the respective fields.

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STS and War

War has been apart of human history since the beginning of mankind. Nations and people fight over their ideologies and to prove that theirs are superior. War, along with our society, has evolved over time. War started off with swords and arrow. In today’s world war has now turned into machine guns and bombs. People are always trying to get the best of their opponents, they are always trying to create the new technology that will destroy their enemies. The global wars in the twentieth century really transformed this ideology and changed the way many currently view science. Wars in the twentieth century have become a cautionary tale about the devastating effects of possibly going too far in the scientific realm.

The wars in the twentieth century lead to many devastating inventions like the nuclear bomb and poisonous gas. Many scientists had little regard for human life and solely focused on advancing their inventions. Scientists wanted to break limits and build what would have been deemed impossible. These creations ended up taking millions of lives in the wake of their creation. In hindsight many argue that these creations were immorally created and should never exist. I think that these impacts were both detrimental and beneficial. From a straightforward perspective these inventions were extremely detrimental due to the shear amount of lives lost at the helm of these weapons. However, some benefits did surface through these devastating inventions. Through the bombs and gas people were finally able to realize that science can be dangerous. People realized that we should take a second to really think about what we are doing. We now take that extra second to ask, “is this the moral thing to do, to go through with this creation?”. Many in scientist fields have been impacted greatly by these wars as scientists now make sure to understand the ramification of their actions. Instead of advancing the fields of science without thinking about the after affects, people now take the time to look at the bigger picture and understand how exactly everyone will be affected.  

Does the Internet Lead to a Decline in Religion?

The topic I chose was to examine the affects technology has had on religion since the rise of the internet. I believe that since the internet has been introduced to the public that those who practice religion is on the decrease. I think that I will find a decrease in regularly practicing individuals due to the increase of technology in our every day lives. More and more people are on the internet and are learning new information from it every day. From the internet people learn many new ideas and through these ideas it can lead them to stop practicing religion. I think people are learning about ideologies that directly oppose those given by religions. My question is, since the rise of the internet has there been a steady decline in people regularly practicing religion?

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Sciecne is Culture

Scientific knowledge is a vital aspect of any culture regardless of when or where. In history scientific knowledge as even been know to shape certain cultures. For example the scientific revolution basically created its own culture within the science community. Outside of the community science created it also shaped and warped many other. People began to think differently about their everyday lives and these new theories and ideologies even changed the way the church at the time handled religion. Today there are countless examples where science shapes certain cultures. Science has shaped many cultures today due to the dependency of technology.

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Evolution of Tech

Darwinism, when it was first created, was viewed by many as a radical idea. During the time of Charles Darwin the catholic church had a large foothold in European society. The history behind the origin of human beings and other organisms were backed heavily in religion and  was the social standard for understanding how beings came to be. In the 19th century many people denied Darwin’s claims of evolution because it was against the norm at the time. However, Darwinism persisted through this period and is a prominent theory in the world today. This is just one example of how science has persevered through the times to hold a major role in today’s society.

Darwinism is one example of how science perceivers through the hardest times. Science holds an important part in society because it helps display the truth. As much as many wanted to deny the evolution of humans, people learned to understand that Darwin may have been right. Science holds the truth about many aspects of the world. Without science there would be many uncovered truths in the world. Darwin led the way for many other scientists to question and explore the world. Due to the sacrifices made by Darwin many scientific theories today are not met with dispute but with curiosity. More people today are more eager to question new theories rather than deny them. Scientists are regarded in a better perspective and there ideas are examined further. Now we take time to examine these theories before denying them right away. Through this scientists can build off of one another and add to each others theories. Without the sacrifices of previous scientists and their persistence science would not be as eagerly accepted as it is today. We now look upon science as an opportunity and not as disapproval of societal norms.



Consequences of Science

I believe Mary Shelley sheds a positive light on science and technology. However, in her novel, she heeds many warnings about the dangers that come with creations in these fields. Victor goes through many lengths to create his monster, many of which are extremely unethical. In the purist form Victor wants to be able to create life and has many good intentions. He has been put through many difficult and traumatizing situations in in his life and wants to be able to control his destiny. In efforts to control his life he creates the monster. To Shelley, the monster represents the consequences, in an extreme case, when you do not ethically think through your actions. Victor does not stop to think if what he is doing is ethical or if  there would be any consequences. This is where Shelley conveys her message of being able to see the “bigger picture”. Victor eventually realizes his mistake when the monster asks him to create a companion. When Victor is midway through creating another monster, he stops, and thinks of the atrocities that both of the monsters can commit. At this point he destroys any progress he has made towards this new project.

Shelley’s message of being able to think through your decisions and think of the consequences are still extremely prevalent to this day. I believe that  Shelley is correct in her views about broadening ones perspective and not only thinking of how actions will affect you, but those around you. In today’s society many scientists are working in various futuristic fields. As intersecting as many of these fields can be, we as a society, must think through the consequences. I think before we introduce any new technology, we must go through the proper precautions to understand exactly what negative effects can arise from our progress. Regardless of how “cool” or “revolutionary” and idea may be, I believe we must take a good portion of time to analyze the consequences that these groundbreaking ideas could create. Every action has a reaction and it is our job to figure out these reactions before we blindly jump into the next scientific phenomena.

Common Misconceptions

The commonly conceived notion about the scientific revolution is pretty simple. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century are group of scientists developed a plethora of scientific laws that helped shape how humans view the world in today’s time. Kids have been learning this simple fact since grade school.  However, the idea that the scientific revolution is the proper terminology to depict this time period can be argued. I believe that the commonly conceived scientific revolution has some flaws in being that not all of these men were “scientists” and that depicting only this allotted time period as the scientific revolution is a little drastic.

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