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Is science a blessing or a curse?
It is what we as humans choose to do with science that matters. Our household work has been reduced, thanks to latest technological inputs. But we have got so used to machines that our bodies get absolutely incapable of doing manual work
THIS IS an old debate. Science is innocent. It is certainly not a bane. It is how it is used by man that makes it a blessing or a curse. It is what we as humans choose to do with science and technology that is good or bad. In some cases even something we do that is bad can lead to some good. But of course, no one can deny that science and modern inventions have indeed been a blessing for mankind.

1. The gifts of science are indisputable and countless. There can be no denying the fact that science has made so much progress that life of man, society, nation and the world has advanced tremendously. The knowledge gained through science and scientific technology speaks volumes about man’s ingenuity and skill. If all this was not achieved by science it would be no wonder that even today, man might have been the animal as he was in the ages past - ie just another animal. It is science that has given us all the amenities of modern living that we can proudly boast of end enjoy.

2. The day-to-day household work has been reduced to almost nil by the numerous gifts of science. You have many tasks to complete and there is a machine to do it for you. Inventions such as washing machine, refrigerator, air-conditioner, dishwasher and geyser make our lives easy. Television, cinema and compact discs have changed the entertainment industry.

3. Thousands of lives are saved every day due to the progress of medical science. It is impossible to run a company or a factory without a computer. We can also say that computers are the greatest invention of modern age.

4. With the advent of steam power, mass production and mechanisation, larger quantities of more sophisticated machinery and weaponry could be produced; rifles, cannons, ploughs etc. The Industrial Revolution also freed people to conduct scientific research, using more effective equipment. All this served to accelerate research. International trade was increasing steadily and so competition between countries encouraged new methods to be invented. A burst of scientific advances were launched.

5. Along with the price, there is also hope that we can get off the see-saw. In recent years, there has been a new, relatively unpredicted, trend – the rapid increase in international communications via the Internet. The Internet is merely the precursor of a far greater socio-economic paradigm shift. Already, computing and communication technology have advanced to the point that we can converse with anyone else across the world. We are no longer reliant on media-disseminated information -- we can judge for ourselves who the true oppressed and oppressors are. Even if we cannot empathise with foreigners, at least we can talk to them.

6. In its social aspect, no matter where we want to go, whomsoever we want to meet, the scientist has helped us and we have umpteen scientific modes of traveling to and fro.

7. The radiations of nuclear reaction can be used to remove cancer.

But the arguments against the scientific advancement too are many as listed under:

1. Our lifestyle is now undoubtedly much more advanced than what man was ages back. This journey has taken man centuries but it has been worth it. Now, having studied the gift of science to mankind, it will do us some good if we do some introspection and try also to study how and to what extent, we are now misusing our scientific knowledge. As far as science is helping man make life better it is appreciable but does man stop there? He continues his so-called study and research, which further leads him on to the destructive capability of science.

2. We are now capable of making bombs, using nuclear energy for purposes of destruction. Today man has the most destructive weapons ever produced. One bomb can annihilate a civilisation. In the event of World War III, there is no doubt that mankind will perish. It is at this aspect of scientific growth we must put a stop to; who will gain if the world is destroyed? I am sure it will benefit none. Yes, none at all. We must understand that we should not pursue the track that leads to annihilation. All the gifts of science must be enjoyed to the full and that can happen only if man survives to taste the fruits of mechanisation. Production of destructive weapons the greatest curse of science to men.

3. On the home front also it is felt that too much mechanisation accounts for our inability to work with our own hands. We have got so used to machines that our bodies get absolutely incapable of doing manual work. Several diseases are plaguing us and our laziness increases.

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