Biology and Culture
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The first portion of this paper analyzes the human reaction to recent technological developments in science in medicine. The author posits that although recent technological advancements have made people appear less human, issues of humanity remain present in society. The second portion of this essay suggests that although many scientists have ascribed to the notions of discovery and truth, perception plays a central role in peoples' understanding of the world. The author states that science as a whole can only approximate reality because it is inherently littered with the miscalculations and error of humanity, however science can confirm theories and use repeatedly confirmed evidence to approximate reality. The paper concludes that, while truth on a global scale is unattainable, truth can most accurately be found by solving specific problems.
From the Paper:"These developments in biological sciences have given doctors the chance to perform astonishing medical miracles and have also given scientists the ability to approximate and understand the natural world like never before. However, there is some evidence that these discoveries have lessened the overall perception of humans as a separate and finite entity outside of the animal kingdom. Surely the ability to accomplish such advancements should separate us from animals. However, with every step forward in knowledge there is more and more subtracted from the mysterious quality of humanity. As scientific understanding of the human mind and body increases, humans become more explainable and predictable like animals and less unique and variant like soulful individuals. Not only is science creating a path towards demystifying what makes humans unique, but the new frontiers of scientific discovery are also inciting ethical debates never before conceived. These new ethical dilemmas have forced scientists and common citizens alike to reconsider their ethical values and the distance they are willing to go in the name of science. Therefore technological advances in the fields of biology and medicine are making us appear less and less distinctly human, while leaving us forced to make decisions considering what is truly and ethically humane. "
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