And yet, science doesn't operate in isolation from its historical context, and its active areas of research are largely driven by political and/or commercial imperatives. To take perhaps a hackneyed example, the scientists who contributed to the Manhattan Project weren't simply carrying out disinterested research into the properties of radioactive materials: they knew full well that a potential outcome of their research could be the death by incineration of tens of thousands of people. So whatever one's views on the overall morality of the project, those physicists have to share the responsibility.temp wrote:Example being a gun for example. Science does not have any opinions or views...it's just facts. The hammer hitting the bullet causes the chemical reaction in the gunpowder to expand which propels the bullet through the chamber as a projectile etc etc.
Science is not to blame for the fact that the gun is used to kill people. This is the human issue, and the science itself is innocent of any such power.
You may add that in the hive and the ant-hill we see fully realised the two things that some of us most dread for our own species - the dominance of the female and the dominance of the collective.
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