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Science and its Certainties 1 Jared Restivo LST 100- The Culture of Heroism October 16, 2007 Science and its Certainties In The Meaning of It All (1998) by Richard P. Feynman, there is an entire section dedicated to the uncertainty of science. Within this section, Feynman questions whether or not the progress of science is beneficial or even imperative to its success, as it can be used for both good and bad. To explain his stance, Feynman (1998) quotes a man from a Hawaiian Buddhist temple that stated, “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell” (p. 6). Every individual, essentially, has the ability to be immortally great but also has the same ability to be immortally bad. The statement by Feynman is used to question the significance of values and science. Feynman claimed that science could be used for both good and bad, and although positive innovations were occurring at a great rate, science was also being used in immoral ways. The big question posed is, ‘Is scientific research worthwhile if it takes scientists in an immoral or bad direction? Feynman is not sure. Feynman, in his youth, was involved in the Manhattan Project. This group ultimately created the first atomic bombs, which were used to destroy major Japanese cities in World War II and killed 120,000 people immediately and even more over time. Obviously, this is what Feynman means by saying that “To every man is given the key to the gates of…hell.” He was a brilliant scientist, and along with other phenomenal thinkers, created the worst killing
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Science and its Certainties 2 machine of all time, and used science for wickedness, instead of using their intelligence to find a peaceful resolution. While Feynman had a personal bias into the motives of science after playing for the ‘bad guys,’ science, for the most part, has been progressive and effective. According to World Resource Institute (2006), medical fields are curing diseases all the time, and the average life expectancy has increased almost 20 years since the early 20 th century. One of the main examples that have helped contribute to the sharp increase in life
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