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  1. Science & Technology Catherine Shin

  2. Science never provides solutions- it only poses more questions. Is this a fair comment? • Key words: • Science: systematic practice which organizes knowledge in the form of explanations and predictions • A big contributor to technological and social progress • Never • Solutions • Fair? • Address the question

  3. Science never provides solutions- it only poses more questions. Is this a fair comment? • Thesis 1: • Science is about exploring the unknown, discovering and innovating. • Probing will only lead to the fatalistic discovery that there are many more undiscovered and unknown e.g. black hole • Unlike religion which provides solutions when questions are asked. • New breakthroughs such as the stem cell research creates an ethical minefield  potential to cure cancer but brings up questions on the ethics of deriving the cells from an embryo

  4. Science never provides solutions- it only poses more questions. Is this a fair comment? • Thesis 2: • Science has created more problems instead of solving them. • Atomic bomb Einstein created the atomic bomb so as to bring about world peace. It ended up being the cause of destruction and chaos, inducing people to think of its repercussions and harm it causes.

  5. Science never provides solutions- it only poses more questions. Is this a fair comment? • Anti-thesis 1: • Science brings about certainty. Research brings about answers to certain problems such as global warming how carbon dioxide emission can be reduced and the discovery of alternative renewable energy sources

  6. Science never provides solutions- it only poses more questions. Is this a fair comment? • Conclusion: • If science were to provide a definite answer, science would not exist as its function is to develop, justify, and add on to pre-existing knowledge. • In a way, posing more questions is good as they may lead to the solution. However, this may lead to a problem should the scientists cross the line out of vanity or curiosity.