Week 5_Midterm Blog-Junki Chae

The relationship between science, art, and technology has been studied for centuries. In ancient history, men who worked on some of the most advanced technological innovations were known for their art. Their understanding of the natural world added to their success as artists and technological inventors. The three areas of art, science, and technology are intertwined in numerous ways. Using science and technology, art can be made more beautiful; consider the understanding of light and dark when taking photographs or painting. The creativity required to produce beautiful art also enables a person to create inventions that can revolutionize the world. The fundamental principles of science, when applied to the rest of the world, can lead to some significant advances in science and technology.

 

Art is also known to reflect trends in science and technology. Consider modern books and films: many present natural principles of science in a fictionalized, fantastical way. The film “The Day After Tomorrow” sensationalizes global warming, making it entertaining for the masses. “Blade Runner” raises concerns dealing with one of the most controversial issues scientists face: cloning. Using the arguments of C.P. Snow, society has been divided into “two cultures,” two extremes regarding any particularly controversial issue or topic. On one end of the spectrum are literary intellectuals, those who think abstractly and creatively. On the other end are the natural scientists, those who use quantifiable data to make rational decisions. Art and creativity often exist on the opposite side of science; if these two cultures work together, the controversy would be addressed in an efficient manner, providing both with the best possible solution.

 

When one looks at the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath, it explains how a bridge exists between science and art. “I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug,” it reads, explaining how individuals on one side of the spectrum must not forget the other when working for or against scientific gains. When considering the big picture, it is imperative scientists and physicians remember they are treating patients, not sampling specimens or working with cells. Beneath it all, gains made by science will affect the population as a whole; considering the humanity affected makes an individual a better scientist, physician,etc.

 

My presentation stands in opposition to cloning. Too often, physicians and scientists forget the moral dilemmas they face during their experiments. The cells they work with are not simple; many work with embryonic cells, essentially the stuff of life. They are working with human cells, raising questions about the very source of life; in a sense they are attempting to play God. In their search for progress, it often seems they forget the human side, that they forget their own humanity. To successfully address the controversy, the two cultures need to come together to find a balance between the search for progress and the underlying humanity.

 

 Cloning is such a controversial issue that it is likely to remain unresolved for years. In this time, new advances in technologies will be made, and the issue will be addressed in new and varying ways. In order to be resolved successfully, it is imperative scientists work together with individuals with a moral agenda to determine the best course of action. This issue is as complex as opinions are diverse; all aspects of the argument need to be considered before any policy or scientific decisions can be made. Cloning is an area where art, science, and technology come to challenge each other; scientists know with modern technology, they can eventually copy cells, potentially curing life-threatening or fatal diseases, or providing children for those who are unable to reproduce. Artists know this skill can get out of hand, with the exploitation of the human body, and the potential for the development of a “God Complex” on behalf of scientists. While this issue is as controversial as any, it is one society will need to address in coming years, as science and technology gradually lead us down the path towards this unique ability. 

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