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Unformatted text preview: Nick Frazier Science, Technology, and Society February 19, 2008 Course Project Installment #1 The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. These wise words came from the mouth of George Bernard Shaw and mankind should take heed. If we follow the path of the unreasonable man there may not be a world to adapt in the distant future or it may no longer be suitable for mankind to live on it. Therefore progress must be carefully thought out to determine what progress for the human civilization is needed and what is pure ignorance; I feel this is the most important aspect of this essay. Unintended consequences plays an enormous role is this process. Progress for human civilization is changing the world for the better. If people were to create a cure for cancer, that would be progress to me because the world would be a better place. I think that technological innovation is an extremely important part to catalyze improvements. Without previous technologies how would see better, understand more and be better able to solve the problem at hand. For example, if we never created the microscope how would we have discovered that living organisms are made of cells or that there are such things as bacteria and viruses that make us sick. We wouldnt have so therefore I believe that previous technological advances are vital to future technological advances. However in the world today the question is not always how do we make things better but how can we make more money. Human are very intelligent and always advancing creatures. Think back to last year and I bet you can think of things you didnt have but have now. For example, we now have the iphone, which isnt that big of a breakthrough but advancement in its own, and cars with extremely good gas mileage compared to years before. However there are places where extremely good gas mileage compared to years before....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course STS 101 taught by Professor Woodhouse during the Spring '08 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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