Ethics is a difficult thing to quantify, it’s a philosophical question that can be defined but has no true meaning as it’s liable to change from person to person. Simply put it’s the reflection of how society thinks the world should look/act. A set of “rules” born from and overarching view points. So what happens when a society is overseen by two viewpoints that are absolutely opposed to each other, those being Science and Religion. But also how would they attempt to suppress each other using ethics for what they see as a contradiction to those beliefs?
Within our society the scientific part has always been considered a step down from the religious part in terms of power. This is almost certainly due to how much humanity as a whole relied on religion for comfort and counsel as it was the sole ethical force in our lives. But when the scientific world started blooming yielding leaders that rule through logic and data instead of faith, undermining the church. During the climate change debate it seems the the biggest decision makers have been leaving bible quotes and faith speeches. However Scientific groups that are devoted to the research of such things have come to a consensus such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA even going as far to even create a direct site link for this sighting Naomi Oreskes, a seasoned climate scientist. Naomi Oreskes is an expert on the subject, writing several books and even working with NASA to further her research. In an article on Bill Moyers site he uses Dr.Naomi’s data to corroborate how he sees the politicisation of the topic of climate change. Bill Moryer being a political journalist who served under the LBJ administration. Musically in his article he wrote how the repulican party had unify under a sort of faith before fact mentality was in the past they did not. Painting startling pictures of hypocrisy in a place where there really shouldn’t be.
For an even more controversial example of Religion and Science buting heads was during the stem cell debate. This debate was particularly polarizing to people due to the sensitive details of the matter. For a very basic explanation of the research at hand, scientists found a particular type of cell that humans produce that has the potential to increase the regenerative properties of people. This cell was called the stem cell however, it seems that adults had very few of these cells within their bodys but infants cells have large quantities of these making them prime candidates for research. This is where the controversy is rotten, now in reality the way to get subject were either through baby that died though miss carage or abortion. Unfortunately that’s two things that those shrike a nerve to the more religious of us. Word quickly spread of doctors ripping babies from the womb and doing research on the live barley fetus. A lie that was born from either ignorance or intentional malus but damaging nonetheless.
However, though I am firmly on the side of Scientists and scientific research I am not unaware of the fears people feel toward an unregulated group as potentially dangerous as science. After all, we have been groomed from a young age on this subject. Our media suffers from no shortage of mad scientists and while yes there are some who would undoubtedly be a serious concern.
P.S. Quotation links have purposefully no been added yet.