Science is more more and more powerful as you all know.
They can create the perfect baby ( as a product, you choose the color of eyes of our baby)
In Pittsburgh university, they can read in you mind ( just simple words for the moment).
But when you think about possible applications of theses incredible scientific advances, they are sometimes frightening for the humanity. Just think about the manipulation of human embryo, it could lead to eugenics..
My question is simple:
Should we slow down science progresses when the applications of theses advances could contradict with Ethics?
Or Science shouldn't be slow down but States have to deal with applications to prevent from a possible misuse.
What's you thoughts?
Nope. It is already wrong the regulate stem cell research and other things. It is understandable from some aspects.
Science is already under a lot of ethical scrutiny. Especially concerning how the actual science is conducted. Animal research for example. Also human research is of course heavily regulated for ethical concerns. If it was set free you could progress much faster especially with the genetic research.
As an example of unethical research is the nazi research on identical twins that naturally lead to very potent results but luckily for everyone such research will never be done again.
Of course their agenda was to create the perfect human. The tall, strong, blue-eyed and blond superhuman. If science was let lose totally free with an agenda like that it would no doubt succeed.
Everytime you take the most brilliant minds and give them unlimited funding there is basically no limit. The atombomb is a good example. Everyone knew the agenda and the ethical concerns but yet they finished it.
And you know what? If it hadn't been invented by the end of the war someone else would have invented it just a year(s) later. All the theory needed was available. All that was needed was putting it together.
It's the same with most science. You can't really stop it. If the theory is out and it's know how to experiment and develop it well then it will be done
. If it's regulated in US then it will happen somewhere where it isn't. Cloning is a good example.
It will continue to be like that. You can't really stop the science itself. All you can do is control the use of the future applications and who is allowed to have them. Much like nuclear weapons are so heavily regulated