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Attempt to Formulate Your ‘Moral’ Views on the Practice of Science. Imagine Yourself Stumbling Upon a Discovery, Which Has Great Academic Interest but is Certain to Have Nothing but Dangerous Consequences for the Human Society. How, If at All, Will You Resolve Your Dilemma? - Physics (Theory)

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Attempt to formulate your ‘moral’ views on the practice of science. Imagine yourself stumbling upon a discovery, which has great academic interest but is certain to have nothing but dangerous consequences for the human society. How, if at all, will you resolve your dilemma?

Solution 1

In our view a type of discovery which is of great academic interest but harmful for human society should not be made public because Science is for the society, society is not for science.

Solution 2

A scientist aims at truth. A scientific discovery reveals a truth of nature. So, any discovery, good or bad for mankind, must be made public. A discovery which appears dangerous today may become useful to the mankind some time later. In order to prevent misuse of scientific technology, we must build up a strong public opinion. Scientists should in fact take up two roles – to discover truth and to prevent its misuse.

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