Destructive Science Although science can advance and improve society, science can also destroy the people it was intended to serve. Scientists have long held the belief that sacrifice of a few is justified by the beneficial potential for the masses and therefore have traditionally used animals and even at times humans as the subject of experiments. Society itself has also predominantly accepted the scientist’s view, and welcome new experiments, hoping for new scientific advances that will help society. With new technology, power comes easily to those who learn to harness it, and scientific research has expanded the power of the common person to levels where one man can literally destroy the world. Although science is researched by people to answer questions of “what if,” and also to benefit society, the experiments which enhance scientific knowledge is destructive to the one being experimented upon.
In amassing the massive amount of scientific knowledge, an even greater number of animals have been destroyed. Such destruction is now at times thought of as essential to an experiment. Science has learned that subjects must be sacrificed for advancement of knowledge. Thus the 20th century version of religious animal sacrifice is performed everyday in laboratories, with the scientists hoping that the use of animals themselves will bring scientific enlightenment. To add to the problem, science not only destroys in the process of new knowledge, but also creates the potential for global destruction.
With scientific “achievements” such as the nuclear bomb, society has been wary about thermo-global nuclear destruction that could easily be triggered by one lunatic who has access to nuclear weapons. Although science can and is mostly beneficial to society, the advancement of knowledge can empower evil as well as good. Rappuccini, empowered with scientific knowledge, carried on evil and destructive experiments. Modern scientists also carry on destructive experiments to merely “see if it can be done,” and believe that nothing is sacred in the path of new scientific knowledge. In essence, science has become the determinant of their morals, and thus a new type of religion is created for those who view science for more than it is: the search for truth, not an excuse to perform the scientist’s fancy.