Science: Impact of science of humanity is undeniable. On the face of it, science and its inventions appear to be an unalloyed blessing.
However, if we ponder a little, disturbing signs too appear.
How a blessing Effect on?
Effect on material well-being and mental attitudes.
advantage of scientific discoveries in daily life.Gadgets to remove drudgery, electricity, communications, transport and entertainment.
Health-medicine; preventive and curative, control of diseases and epidemic.
industry agriculture and economic development-improvement of means of production productivity.
As for mental attitude scientific perspective banishes obscurantism and superstition develops questioning spirit, objective outlook.
How a curse?
Each of the blessings cited above a dark side to it-a curse.
Material well-being has led to crass materialism and cunsumer culture.
Discoveries of science have oslo produced weapons and means of destruction;
Use of scientific and technological means of production and comforts has degraded the environment, causing pollution’ new diseases resistant to drugs keep coming up.
Technological devices meant for the health field to kill-foeticide,for instance.
Spirit of inquiry and positivism, if carried too far, can superessential humanity and actually restrict the free range of thought and imagination.
gadgets and inventions can make man dependent and kill his creativity.
So, is science a blessing or curse? It would do well to recall what Melton said in a different context “ the mind is its own place, it can make hell of heaven, or a heaven of hell”.
Science is, in fact, amoral; what man makes of it is man’s responsibility.
Man can use it creatively or destructively, turn into a blessing or get crushed under its curse.
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“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
― John Locke