Science and Society
It is hard to determine what really makes a good society. Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a society good or bad. There are many different factors that make a society stronger, but one main point that many believe leads to a good society is education. Science is a main driving point in improving education and helps contribute to making society better. Without science our knowledge of everything around us, we will never continue to grow and develop to a stronger understanding of our universe. Science helps make a good society with its relationship with knowledge, human curiosity, religion, thought and awareness.
Much of what people know today comes from scientific work. What we assumed to be considered common knowledge easily could be changed because of science. Theories that may seem insane at the time might soon become widely accepted because of empirical evidence that was not discovered before. Everyone believed the Earth was the center of the universe before Copernicus came out with his heliocentric theory. It defied everything people believed in but calculations were able to disprove the geocentric theory and now it is common knowledge that the sun is the center of the solar system, not the Earth. Science helps spread truths about our universe. Newton’s theories about motion and gravity were very close to being correct, but was limited by the technology of his time. Newton could not measure the speed of light so he assumed it was infinite, it wasn’t until later when Einstein corrected Newton’s theories by measuring the speed of light. New science and technology helps to expand and build on what we know and understand about everything around us. Newton was already close with many of his theories but as new technology arises, better opportunities emerge that allow us to better understand our universe (Asimov 49). Science is always coming up with new theories and this drives people to find what is right. If there are contradictions, people will try to find the truth in the pursuit of knowledge. We have a desire to find out as much about the unknown as possible. Humans are not satisfied with half-truths, we are determined to learn every detail, and science is the main medium of learning (Haught 56). Science helps better society by increasing our knowledge of our surroundings.
Science helps satisfy basic human nature and feed our curiosity to understand the world. Humans have a desire to learn and discover the unknown. Science is the main tool used to satisfy our hunger for knowledge. All science originates from myths and ideas. When an idea arise, science is used as a tool to determine its accuracy. There may be different theories that try to explain the unexplained, but have very different approaches. Human’s curiosity drives different people to try to solve the mystery, increasing the possibility of our problems getting resolved. Our curiosity drives science so we can understand everything around us (Popper). Science only exists because of human desire to learn. If humans were not curious, there would be no need for science in our society. Everyone would be happy with ignorance, but this is not the case. As John Haught said, “… science flows out of a simple, humble desire to know.” Science is constantly expanding to satisfy our curiosity. As long as humans are still curious, their will still be a need for science to exist (Haught 46-47). All science would be pointless if it was not supported by our curiosity. Basic human nature is wanting to have the best education and as much knowledge as possible. The need to keep learning is what really separates humans from all other living creatures. Our endless curiosity is why we value education, if humans were not naturally curious, education would not be valued. The human spirit is never satisfied with the knowledge it has and will always want to learn more. As long as there is a spirit behind science there will always be a drive to...
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