Project #106643 - PHYS P20 Essay

  Q3. Science as the Tool of Religion or Ideology

In his latest book, A Brief History of Humankind: Sapiens (2015), the famous historian Yuval Harari declares: “Science is unable to set its own priorities.  It is also incapable of determining what to do with its discoveries…for example, should we use genetic knowledge to cure cancer, create a race of supermen, or engineer dairy cows with super-sized utters.  It is obvious that a liberal government, a communist government, and a capitalist business corporation would use the very same genetic scientific discovery for completely different purposes and there is no scientific reason to prefer one usage over another” [A Brief History of Humankind: Sapiens, p. 274].

Do you agree with Harari that scientific research can flourish only in alliance to some religion or ideology, and if yes, what do you see as the possible dangers of that situation?  Look at nuclear bombs in North Korea, for instance. 

You may want to refer to Harari’s ideas on YouTube.

 

1000 words

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/04/2016 12:00 am
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