Destructive Science
Although science can advance and improve society, science can also destroy the people it was
intended to serve. Scientists have long held the belief that sacrifice of a few is justified by the beneficial
potential for the masses and therefore have traditionally used animals and even at times humans as the
subject of experiments. Society itself has also predominantly accepted the scientist\'s view, and welcome
new experiments, hoping for new scientific advances that will help society. With new technology, power
comes easily to those who learn to harness it, and scientific research has expanded the power of the
common person to levels where one man can literally destroy the world.
Although science is researched by people to answer questions of "what if," and also to benefit
society, the experiments which enhance scientific knowledge is destructive to the one being experimented
upon. In amassing the massive amount of scientific knowledge, an even greater number of animals have
been destroyed. Such destruction is now at times thought of as essential to an experiment. Science has
learned that subjects must be sacrificed for advancement of knowledge. Thus the 20th century version of
religious animal sacrifice is performed everyday in laboratories, with the scientists hoping that the use of
animals themselves will bring scientific enlightenment.
To add to the problem, science not only destroys in the process of new knowledge, but also creates
the potential for global destruction. With scientific "achievements" such as the nuclear bomb, society has
been wary about thermo-global nuclear destruction that could easily be triggered by one lunatic who has
access to nuclear weapons.
Although science can and is mostly beneficial to society, the advancement of knowledge can
empower evil as well as good. Rappuccini, empowered with scientific knowledge, carried on evil and
destructive experiments. Modern scientists also carry on destructive experiments to merely "see if it can be
done," and believe that nothing is sacred in the path of new scientific knowledge. In essence, science has
become the determinant of their morals, and thus a new type of religion is created for those who view
science for more than it is: the search for truth, not an excuse to perform the scientist\'s fancy.