Advantages and Disadvantages of Science
Introduction: We live in an age of science. We feel the influence of science at every moment in almost every sphere of life. Indeed, modern civilization is based on the gifts of science.
Wherever we cast our eyes, we see the achievement of science is industry, commerce, medicine, communication, etc.
Science has revolutionized our way of life. However, it has both advantages and disadvantages. They are each discussed below briefly.
Science has minimized our hardship and has increased pleasures and comfort. Now it cures our maladies, shortens distances, bridges gulfs and brings comforts and lifts up the veil of nature’s mystery.
Travelling: The quick means of travel has made the world a very small place to live in.
Computers: The computer, the greatest gift of the 20th century, has relieved man from manual and mental labor to a great extent.
Television: After his day’s work in his workplace when he feels bored, he may watch his TV which gives relief to his tired nerves.
Telephone: Through telephone he speaks to his distant friends or consults his physician.
Medical Science: He can get the benefit of modern drugs or surgery, which is the products of science.
Yet, there are some disadvantages of science.
Science has not only invented a robot, but has turned a man into a robot in some cases.
Satellites are widely used for espionage purposes.
Excessive industrialization has lead to air pollution and other health hazards.
It snatches the soul of a man when he runs a race in mad pursuit of material prosperity.
Science, at the same time, has given him frightful nuclear weapons. If there be a third world war, it will abolish the whole mankind from this planet. Peace on earth is at peril now.
However, Science cannot be blamed for its abusive uses. Man is responsible for the abuses of science. It fully depends on us whether we shall have our science to destroy the creation or to conquer hunger, poverty and disease for a happy and prosperous world.