Science and Society: Are they all that separate?

The course and focus of science, I believe, has been and is going to be determined by the needs of society.  Should a new problem arise in society that most other fields cannot remedy, science is usually the field to rise up and control the situation. Science is a field that is constantly creating new technologies that facilitate or enable actions, and if new technologies are not being created, then science improves upon existing technologies to make them better. A question pertaining to enabling actions, such as enabling people to use alternate reproductive technologies, is “What innovations of science should be made available to people or be kept away from people?” This question, in particular, has gained traction in recent times, due to increasing disparity between people and their opinions on science. Indeed, science has always been a source of controversy and for good reason. I mean, who would not be frightened or feel threatened by a new technology that can potentially change our way of living? In any case, science exists to facilitate our lives and potentially make it better in the eyes of some people.

Of course, the purpose and focus of science does not fall to one person alone. Instead, it is humankind, collectively, that decides what people need and in turn, science will try to provide for that need. The two main human components of science are the scientists themselves and the rest of humankind. The scientists will analyze what needs to be done and come up with a plan to improve upon the situation. Of course, this task does not fall to scientists alone. I believe that good science is combined with other fields, like anthropology, economy, and even arts and literature. Anthropology collaborates with science by studying how a populace lives and what role science plays in those societies. Economy collaborates by determining what resources are available to perform a scientific undertaking and whether it is sustainable or not. Arts and literature collaborate usually by informing people about potential problems worldwide or locally, after which it is likely that they will get more involved in order to fix it. Overall, science does not work alone. Rather, it collaborates with other institutions to figure out the best way to resolve a problem.

 

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