Consequences of Scientific Discoveries

Yin (The unknown, chaos) and Yang (The known and the good) — A symbol found in Ancient Chinese Philosophy which illustrates that two contradictory forces may actually be interdependent and connected. This can relate to the consequence of scientific discoveries in the manner that scientific discoveries can carry both positive consequences (Yang) and negative consequences (Yin), one invention can truly be told to be good, despite this, it can also have bad consequences.

The “father of the atomic bomb”, Robert Oppenheimer claims that “A scientist cannot hold back progress because of fears of what the world will do with his discoveries”. Arguably, Oppenheimer is correct in his statement that a scientist should not withhold things just because of their fears for the effects that the invention or discovery would have on the world. This is because limiting oneself to their fears will not…