Advantages and disadvantages of science and technology

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" The article recounts the recovery of an Iraq War veteran from a devastating head wound received in combat. The veteran owes his life to many scientific and technological advancements - sophisticated armor, advanced emergency medicine, and cutting-edge reconstructive techniques. If seen from his point of view, progress in this area is clearly a good thing.

Grady does point out, however, that these advancements have societal implications, and not all of them may be considered good. According to her article, "medical treatment for brain injuries from the Iraq war will cost the government at least $14 billion over the next 20 years" (332). No one would say that medical advances should be halted or that soldiers should not be protected by the most sophisticated gear possible. However, if viewed purely from a financial perspective, these advances can create expenses that are difficult to bear.

It could be argued that what actually determines the moral status of a scientific or technological advance is not the drive towards progress but how far this drive is taken. A famous example of this can be seen in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein is enamored with knowledge and the power that comes with it, but is soon overcome by an insatiable lust for ever more progress until he sets his sights on the border between life and death:

No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me

onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success.

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should

first break through, and pour a torrent of light into the dark

world. (286)

Once Dr. Frankenstein succeeds and his monster comes to life, he has a guttural reaction of horror that never quite materializes into a sense of guilt. The reader knows, however, that Frankenstein has overstepped some limit to the advancement of science. Some would say that Frankenstein tried too hard to be like God - that the creation of life and the abolishment of death should stay in the hands of a higher power. Though Shelley wrote her novel almost two hundred…[continue]



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