What are the merits and demerits of science?
how science is useful to us?
what are it's diaadvantages.?that's my question.
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Since is the systematic collection of information about the universe through the observation of natural phenomena. So it's really just a disciplined accumulation of knowledge.
The advantages of having more knowledge? We have greater understanding and can make more accurate predictions about how things in the natural universe work.
Through advances in science we can build machines that fly, that allow us to see objects too small or far away to be detected by the naked eye. We can transport water great distances to fertilize crops and make certain areas liveable that weren't before. We can cure diseases that once we couldn't. We can explore under the sea and upon the surface of the moon.
The disadvantages- certainly we develop technologies faster than we develop socially. So we wind up with the ability to do things, but not necessarily the wisdom required to make a good decision about whether or not we should.
Also as our knowledge increases, we are forced to re-evaluate our existing beliefs- very often those beliefs are long-standing and held by many within society. Not so long ago, people thought the earth was flat and the sun revolved around us. We thought the flu was caused by evil spirits and thunderstorms meant the gods were angry. Now we've discovered that the world is round, that we are but one of many planets orbiting our sun, and that diseases and weather shifts are natural phenomena, whose causes we didn't understand before.
But the more we know, the less mystery there is to life. It's often more fun not knowing, being free to speculate and use our imaginations. Certainly a world with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and...
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