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Re: Science And Ethics.

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Posted by Rich on March 2, 2001 22:07:56 UTC

Alexander, welcome to the Jesus group. Give it a little time. There'll be some great opportunities to open the discussion to huge biblical BS.

One huge example of ethics in science was Oppenheimer. I heard on the radio on a Christian Radio Station that the host felt that Russia gained evidence from the Manhattan project from Oppenheimer who was possibly a communist. I nearly ripped the radio out of my car when I heard that.

Oppenheimer entered ethics into the equation when the scientists learned a disturbing fact. That the size and power of a nuclear bomb was, in fact, arbitrary. They could invent the doomsday bomb! Oppenheimer stood back and said "WAIT A SECOND HERE! Do we really want to do this?!" He rationally used ethics and said that we shouldn't make such a bomb because it would be the end of us. Ethics in science and he was labeled a communist by stupid idiotic governmental jackasses.

Of course, this was related to applied science rather than pure science, but I felt it was relevant.

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